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Templecorran Graveyard

The ruins of the church


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The present ruin of Templecorran church is in the shape of a Greek cross (i.e. each of the arms is of the same length) and it has not been in use since the early 18th century. In the 1620s we know that the Scottish settlers built a church here since there is an account from 1622 outlining that the walls were ‘newly erected’ though the building was not yet roofed. At the start of the Plantation settlement there were concerns over the security of the new settlers, and the architectural evidence for this is considerably greater when we consider that the church was ringed with a series of musket loopholes, the two on the west gable still clearly visible today.

 

The church was built near the summit of high ground overlooking Larne Lough and leading to Forthill Plantation, and it stands in the townland of Forthill. Much of the building material for the church would appear to have been field stones or roughly dressed stones, but there is also evidence within the church of dressed stones which fulfilled functions as window surrounds or door jambs, and some of these may date back to the period of the medieval church. The building is largely intact, although there has been loss of a door arch over the years, and the walls contain heavy growth of ivy, small trees and other vegetation.

 

Inside the church there are a number of graves and three vaults, two of these latter having been placed in the side aisles of the church building; one by the Edmonstone family, who were founders of the modern settlement, the other by the Dalways, another early Plantation family. The third vault is for the Horsborough and Smiley family and is at the east gable of the building.

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