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Leckpatrick Old Graveyard

Hamilton/Abercorn Family


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Another major family connected with Leckpatrick graveyard was the Hamiltons and the remains of a small burial chapel are located near the north east corner of the cemetery. Despite earlier claims to the contrary there is considerable doubt whether any of the Abercorn branch of the family is buried at Leckpatrick but an imposing family crest is decipherable on the east wall of the chapel. It is more likely to have been the interment centre for a junior branch of the Hamilton family and there is evidence that John Hamilton, former agent for the Earl of Abercorn in the management of the Cloghogall manor in the Strabane barony, was buried at Leckpatrick in the late 1770s as also was a nephew, Rev. Andrew Hamilton, rector of the neighbouring parish of Donagheady, reported to have been buried in the family vault at Leckpatrick in the year 1825.2 It is likely that further research would discover other members of the Hamilton family buried in what was an imposing burial centre in Leckpatrick graveyard. 

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The Abercorn vault
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The Abercorn vault
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