Cork - Castlemagner Parish (St. Bridget's)

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    [From Major J. Grove White, 57th Regt., Kilbyrne]

This Church is about 8 miles west of Mallow, near 
Cecilstown. It was built about 1811, and is called St. 
Bridget's.  There was an old church in the same churchyard; 
a small portion of the ruin is in existence.  Both 
Protestants and Roman Catholics are buried here.

The Registers of the Births, Deaths, and Marriages commence 
in 1809, and are in the possession of the Rev. Henry Swanzy, 
A.M., the Rector, who kindly allowed me over the church.

Over the main entrance to the churchyard is a stone cross 
with the following inscription:

A gift to the Parish of Castlemagner from the Right 
Honorable the Lord Arden, A.D. 1817.

Tablets in the church:
One to Major Nicholas Wrixon, late of 21st Fusiliers,
who died at Cork 6 June 1864, his eldest son Lieut.
John Wrixon, same Regt., died at Kamptee, India, aged
22, 15 Sept. 1843, where a monument is erected by his
brother officers.  Erected by their affectionate wife
and mother, Mary Wrixon, widow and mother of above, died
13 Feb., 1882, aged 87.  Erected by her second son.

Near the reading-deck a tablet:
Under this seat lies the Body of the Rev. Francis Gore
late of Assollus who departed this life May ye 10th
1748 he was incumbent in these parishes for 34 years
during which time he behaved himself very charitable to
the poor indulgent and agreeable to all his parishioners
and Neighbours he died in ye 65th year of his age.

A tablet to the memory of Sir William Wrixon
BEECHER Bart, born 31 July 1780, died 17 Oct. 1850.
John Michael Wrixon Esq. b. 18 Aug. 1781, d. 27
April 1855.
The Rev. Nicholas Wrixon b. 18 Feb. 1783, d. 9 April

A tablet to the Rev. Francis Wells, 21 years Rector
born 28 Jan. 1814, died 21 Nov. 1870.

Also one to Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John Power of 
Rosskeen, born 30 Mar. 1855, died 4 Dec. 1878.

Also another to Anne daughter of John Beecher of
Creagh* and widow of James Lombard of Lombardstown,
born 20 Jan. 1761, died 17 July 1830.
* near Skibbereen.

In the churchyard:
Against the wall of the ruin of old church is a handsome
monument, with the following inscription:
Henry Wrixon, Esq. of Asolus erected this in memory of
his Uncle Mr. Arthur Bastable of Castle Magner who
died 7br ye 4th, 1773.  Aged 75 yrs.  Denis Connell, F.

In the churchyard are tombstones or vaults to the families
of Bastable, Chester, Bolster, of Glenmount; Williams, of
Mallow; Priestly, of Mallow; Townsend, Egan, Ring, McCarthy,
Stacks, of Coolnamaugh; Haines, of Mallow; and others.

The Rev. Henry Swanzy kindly showed me the church plate in
his possession, as follows:
A very old silver chalice, with the following inscription:
This cup belongs to the parish Church of Castlemagner
(Two hall marks, two castles, and the letters R S, thus

   *     -      *
* RS *        * RS *
   *             *

Another old silver chalice, with inscription:
The gift of Cornelius Callaghane Esqr. to ye Church of 
Clonnmeene. Anno Dom 1718.

The Church at Clonmeen is shut up; it is about three miles south
of Castlemagner Church.

An old silver paten, with inscription :
The bequest of Mrs Mary Power, to the Church of Cranmeen.

An old silver paten, with no inscription.
A small old paten about 4 inches in diameter.  No inscription.

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the 
Memorials of the Dead in Ireland: viii 1897 - FHL # 1279285