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Leckpatrick Old Graveyard

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Another noticeable absence in many of the memorials is the place-name location. Some townlands are mentioned but a large number of memorials have no record of place, denoting perhaps the closeness of the society at that time and the belief that family names provided sufficient recognition. In some cases locations are provided to help in the identification of family members who had moved away from the district. Three McLaughlin memorials are located in close proximity, with Maghereagh being the townland on two and Ballycallaghan on another. This latter townland is in the parish of Cumber in the county of Londonderry and suggests that a family member had moved there in the first half of the nineteenth century. Distinctive in this case also was the fact that Henry McLaughlin was recorded on two separate memorials, one for himself and the other as part of a wider family group. Henry had died in 1867 at the relatively early age of 55 years, with the next family deaths being his daughter Annie in 1904 and his wife Mary Ann in 1906. A son, Surgeon Col. John McLaughlin R.A.M.C., died in 1933 at the age of 76 years.

 

Another surgeon mentioned in the memorials was Robert Hamilton who died in the year 1818 at the age of 54 years. More research is needed to place this Robert Hamilton in context. His name is recorded on a flat slate slab that also has the family names of Lyon and Knox included. A further memorial records the death of Robert Hamilton, surgeon, with the names of Rebecca and Thomas Knox on the same gravestone. It appears that Rebecca was the daughter of Robert Hamilton and married into the Knox family, with Lyon also marrying a Knox daughter. Such conjecture, however, needs to be treated with caution.

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