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Tombstones of the Ulster Plantation

Thomas Goodlat


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In Killyman parish churchyard the gravestone to Thomas Goodlatt, died 1624, features a coat of arms, below which is incised what is presumably a badly defaced skull, although rather curiously it has ears, clenching a bone in its teeth.  In an arc around this are the words memento mori.  This is the earliest recorded instance of the mortality symbols on an outdoor memorial in west Ulster.

 

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Thomas Goodlat's memorial
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Thomas Goodlat's memorial

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