Graveyard is the principal burial ground of Drumkeeran Parish
which was carved out of the ancient parish of Magheraculmoney.
The church was built here in 1774 at the expense of the Vaughan
Charitable Charter School while Rev St. George was minister of
the united Church of Ireland parishes of Magheraculmoney and
Drumkeeran. In 1824 the church was enlarged at the expense of
the parish and is now capable of holding 300 worshippers.
Previously people from this area would have buried in Ardess
Graveyard the ancient centre of Magheraculmoney Parish.
It is described
by Alistair Rowan in his book "The Buildings of North West
Ulster in 1979 as, "a hall and tower type church." He
goes on to say it is characteristically tall and thin in three
stages with Irish battlements on the top. Between 1857 and 1859
it was enlarged further by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to
almost double its previous size using the design of Alexander
Hardy their surveyor. Hardy added a north-south transept which
cut across the old nave. The whole roof was rebuilt at this
time. A workman fell from the roof and was killed during these
Apart from the
building of an Orange Hall here this locality failed to develop
beyond the usual triumvirate of school, church and hall. It is
unlikely that a church would ever have been built here but for
the application of Vaughan Charity money to this purpose.
There are over 240 death and burial records in Tubrid with 83 unique surnames which are:
Aiken, Allen, Allingham,
Anderson, Armstrong, Barton, Beatty, Bell, Boyd, Brady, Brandon,
Brimstone, Brown, Caldwell, Cawthers, Chittick,
Clarke, Cuthbertson, Dick, Duffy, Dundas, Farrell, Fitzpatrick, Forde, Foster,
Fraser, Frazer, Gibson, Gilmore, Godman, Graham, Grimsley, Harron,
Hart, Hilliard, Humphries,
Keys, Kidney, Knox, Lennox, Leonard, Loane, Mackey, Marshall,
McCartney, McClelland, McCormick, McCrea, McCutcheon, Mills,
Moffit, Moore, Morrow, Morton, Noble, Ogle, Reid, Richardson, Robinson, Rowe,
Scott, Seaney, Sims, Speer, Spence, Sproule, Stephenson, Stevenson,
Stewart, Swanson, Swindell, Swindle, Taggart, Taylor, Thompson, Tuttle, Vance,
Wade, Walmsley, Watson, Wilson,
new inscriptions were added and others were amended in May 2001.
If one of the surnames above is
the one you're looking for you can now go to the Deaths
& Burials Search and type your chosen surname in the
Surname box and enter "Tubrid
" in the Place box. The results will show you
all deaths and burials with that surname in Tubrid.
published here with permission of
John B. Cunningham