Devenish cemetery inscriptions are taken directly from the 1897
publication "Devenish: It's History, Antiquities and
The final chapter of the book is all about the two cemeteries and
can be read in full HERE
There are 100 death and burial records in Devenish with 49 unique
surnames which are:
Aegan, Bell, Boyd, Brad, Brady, Brannon, Browning, Busby, Cassidy, Daugherty, Flaherty, Flanagan, Forde, Gallagher, Gragg, Greanger, Griffin, Hackett, Hoes, Johnston, Keenan, Kelly, Kerr, Kerreghan, Loughran, M'Aleher, Macalees, Macguire, MacVe, Magrath, Maguire, McAlroy, McCaffery, McCollin, McCusker, McEvoy, McGee, McGoldric, McManus, McMulchan, Miner, Murphy, Murry, O'Donnell, O'Flaherty, Reilly, Seery, Sweeny, Veldon
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Some of the inscriptions bear the
monogram "I.H.S." - they are Aegan,, Brad, Browning,
Cassidy, Forde, Gallagher, Hckett, Keenan, Kelly, Maguire,
McGrath, McManus, McMulchan, Miner, Flaherty, Reilly, Brady,
Magrath, McAlroy, Murry, Seery.
Maurice Cassidy (Cassidy
Clan) offers the following explanation for "I.H.S."
Here is the actual entry from
my Chambers English Dictionary:
"IHC, IHS for the Greek capitals IHC (H, capital eta
and C, a form of Sigma) first two and last letters Iesous
(Jesus), often misread as Jesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus Saviour
That H represents a vowel in
Greek, sounds like ay in may. The C is in fact an
's' in Greek. Their 's' is sometimes written in such
a way that the top curl completely dwarfs the bottom one making
it look like a 'c'. The other versions look even less like our
Notes linked from records in the
On this stone are cut two hands breaking host over chalice, the whole surmounted by a crucifix; on either side the words "Te Deum laudaumus, mement. morti."
The O'Cassidys were physicians to the Maguires from 1320 til 1504, when Thomas O'Cassidy, the last heriditary practitioner of the name, wrote a tract on "The Nature and Cure of the Different Diseases Incident to the Human Frame." The family gave many distinguished ecclesiastics to the monasteries around Lough Erne and to the Clogher Mission. In 1704 the Rev. Edmund Cassidy (aged 55 years) was parish priest of Devenish, and resident at Aghucheerin. He had been ordained at DownPatrick in 1673 by Dr. Key, Bishop of Down and Connor. (a List of Popish Parish Priests, etc, Dublin 1705).
Hoc bonus Hoc justus simplex generosus honestuc
Mortuus ecce -- et meniore Dionisius--
Pauperis Auxilium Maguirae gloria gentis
Beneath this tone, Thy bones just Denis lie
With goodness, fraught, fraught with simplicity
Of poor a friend, the glory of thy name
Thy generous soul. Thy virtues who can blame.