Ref: K069

Quaker Graveyard

Townland: Ballitore Parish: Timolin
Denomination: Quaker Diocese: Dublin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
Grid Ref: 280018(E), 195757(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B36-16 (graveyard) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD036-020
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 2m high approx.
Natural Heritage Details: 5 mature and 1-5 young trees lining boundaries; site fully covered by semi-natural grassland; lichens visible on all headstones; ivy on boundary walls, but there has been some relatively recent clearance.
Description: The site is located in a semi-rural setting in the town of Ballitore. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. It is accessed from a local road to the north through a small field. A roughly square area is enclosed by a high wall. Access is via a (locked) gate in the middle of the east side with an adjacent narrow gap in the wall. There are no paths or structures within the enclosure, but it looks as though there may once have been a path leading at least a short way into the burial area (now overgrown). The ground surface is quite uneven, mostly due to the relatively tall grass. Gravestones date from 18th-20th century, but most are 19th century.
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological, architectural and historic interest. The uniform grave markers reflect the modest ethos of the Quakers and the graveyard is of a historic and social interest as a demonstration of presence and expansion of the Quaker community in the area. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Jonathan Shackleton 1985
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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