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Tombstones of the Ulster Plantation

John Rowley


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In Coleraine parish church is the monument to John Rowley who died in 1617.  The inscription, now virtually illegible, is inscribed on a slate tablet, now largely illegible, set within an alabaster frame.  The carving is of a quite high standard with the skulls at the base of the pilasters being very anatomically sound.  However, it is thought that the monument was incorrectly reassembled when the church was rebuilt in 1884. Rowley was involved with the Londonderry Plantation from an early stage and acted as the Irish Society’s chief agent as well as being an alderman and the first mayor of the city of Derry.  He engaged in activities that were contrary to the rules of the plantation for his own personal betterment and was indicted for this in 1613.

 

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John Rowley's memorial
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Left: John Rowley's memorial

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