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Yellow Fever


This tropical fever, particularly associated with jaundice, has always been particularly common in Central America.  It is caused by a virus transmitted by the mosquito and has been virtually eliminated by campaigns against the insect.  It was a particular scourge during the building of the Panama Canal.


Knockbreda Church of Ireland Church, County Down


[Memorial tablet in the south transept] Sacred to the memory of George Daniel Kinahan, Esq, Ensign in Her Majesty's 54th Regt, and eldest son of the Rev John Kinahan, Rector of this Parish, who died of Yellow Fever at St John's, Antigua, on the 11th December 1849 aged 21 years He was a young man of the greatest promise, universally beloved and

lamented by all who knew him, a most affectionate son and brother, and a warm-hearted friend His kind disposition endeared him to all ranks His Colonel and Brother Officers evinced their love for his memory by erecting a monument at St John's, where he is interred His afflicted parents and family, while deeply mouring his loss, have the consolation of knowing that he died in the Lord, rejoicing in prayer and the certain hope of a joyful Eternity, through his Saviour Jesus Christ This monument was erected by his parents in memory of their much loved son, and as a small tribute to his worth during his short but bright career in this life Ist Thess, IV chap, 13, 14th verse.


North Road Cemetery, Carrickfergus, County Antrim


[A marble full rigged ship is set into the sandstone] 1874  Sacred to the memory of William John Anderson Johnston only and beloved son of Wm  and Jane Johnston, in childhood of Carrickfergus, late of Manchester, who died of yellow fever at Rio de Janeiro on the 30th January 1873 aged 18 years  Deeply regretted by all who knew him.


Oh, sad was his fate,

He, the youthful and brave,

Had crossed the wild billows,

And found but a grave;

Yes, with strangers a grave

On a far foreign shore,

And the land of his heart's hope

He never saw more


Moneyrea Non-Subscribing Presbyterian graveyard, County Down


[Modern pillar stone with inscriptions on 4 sides] The resting place of Gawin MOFFAT, Tullygirvan and his wife Agnes McKEE Also their daughter Isabella M McCLURE who died in 1836 and her husband William McClure, Clontonacally, who died in 1844 Also William M McClure, Surgeon RN, eldest son of the latter, who died in 1838 In memory of Gawin Moffat McClure, MD, Surgeon RN, youngest son of William and Isabella M McClure who died of yellow fever on board HM's ship "Eclair" off Madeira Oct 1845 a few days after volunteering his medical services in aid of the fever-stricken crew of that vessel In affectionate remembrance of my brother, staff surgeon-major William Orr, army medical department who died 8th Oct 1876 aged 41 years and was laid to rest in Kingston-on-Thames cemetery To the dear memory of my mother Mary McClure Orr, younger daughter of Williarn and Isabelia McClure and widow of James Orr MD, who entered into rest 15th May 1896 Also the undermentioned Isabella Orr who died at Ballylesson 21st Nov 1922 aged 74 years Erected by Isabella Orr, Bangor, youngest daughter of the above.


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