Cemetery: St. Brides Parish Memorials 

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[From the Rev. R S MAFFETT.]

'The burial-ground of this parish, which for some fifteen 
years has formed part of the Union of the St. Werburgh, 
contains about seventy memorials, of which I copied the 
following four on the day which I visited it in October, 
1900.*  Mr. Carroll states that the churchyard was enlarged 
by the Rev. W H Irvine (1825-1828).

On a sunk stone, rounded at the top, and broken at the upper 
part of the right-hand side, which is placed against the 
"west" boundary of the churchyard near its "northern" 
extremity (in the strip of ground extending behind the site 
of the disused church), is the following inscription in 
capitals: -
[T] HIS STONE AN [-…..]
THEIR POSTE [RI(no room for T)] Y HERE

'Affixed to the wall, not far from the centre of the same 
boundary, is a tablet of white in a frame of grey, on which 
is the following inscription in small leaded letters.  The 
memorial has an outer fram of (freestone?).  There is no 
surname after "Mildred."  Mr. PLEASANTS was a munificent 
benefactor of the parish as well as other interests.  See 
Ryan's "Worthies of Ireland": -

Mr. Thomas PLEASANTS by his last Will and Testament directed 
that he should be buried in the same Grave with his wife 
Mildred, otherwise Daunt, and that his Since the above date 
the church and school building have been taken down in 
connection with Lord IVEAGH'S improvement scheme for the 
neighborhood, and the memorials from the graveyard placed in 
St. Wesburgh's Churchyard, while the remains of those buried 
at St. Brides have been removed to Mount Jerome.

Executors should have a Monument erected to her Memory, as 
well as to that of her Father George Daunt: and thereby also 
desired that the Grave should never more be opened; which 
Monument has been erected in the Church A: D: 1819

' Beneath this tablet is a limestone slab on supports 
(presumably The Pleasants' tomb), with an inscription 
covering the whole of the Stone; most of the upper part 
seemed illegible, and I had not the time to attempt it.

'Near the south-west corner of the old vestry (which was at 
the South-east corner of the church) is a flat stone to the 
Rev. Richard DRURY, of whom the Rev. W G CARROLL, M.A., in 
his "Succession of Clergy in S. Bride's, &c,' says:- '" 
1782. Richard DRURY, B.A. 1777.  Died in the curacy, which 
he held for 44 years.  This worthy clergyman, whose memory 
still survives in the parish, was married in the church in 
1807, and was buried in the churchyard in 1827.  He lived in 
Exchequer- street, and afterwards in Peter's-row, and in 
Bride-street.  The eminent and excellent Rev. Philip SKELTON 
was his intimate friend, and used to dwell with him when in 
Dublin.  Skelton was sitting with him in the reading-desk in 
St. Bride's when Dr. PECKWELL, the Huntingdonian preacher, 
preached over his head there in 1783, and flung his arms 
about 'like the arms of a windmill.'"  Mr. Carroll goes on 
to tell of the earnest but unavailing effort made In 1825 to 
obtain the living of St. Bride's, then vacant, for Mr. 
The mortal Remains
    of the
Are deposited
underneath this Stone
His affectionate Parishoners
have laid upon his Grave
in Memory
of their departed Pastor
He died
beloved and respected
in the Year of our LORD 1827
and 69th of his Age
having been Curate of this Parish
during Forty four Years

'On the same line as the last stone, but nearer to the 
curch, is a slab with the following inscription in small 
letters, deeply cut at the beginning.
The "3" in brackets might perhaps be "5" (or Even "8")' The 
Burial place of Mr. Abm WALKER | 1745 | Who Departed this 
Life on the 23rd of | October 1763 Aged 63. | Also the 
remains of Mrs. Agnes WALKER Widow of the said Abraham who 
Departed | This Life of the 28th July 1769 | Aged 6 [3] | 
Here lieth the Body of Mrs. Martha WALKER | late Wife of 
Richard WALKER Esqr Nephew | Of the above named Abraham 
WALKER, | She departed this life the 4th day of Feb. 1800 | 
Here also lie interred the Remains of the |said Richard 
WALKER Esqr Husband of | The above named Martha who departed 
| This life the 25th day of October 1800 | Aged 75 years.

[From the Rev. R S Maffett, B A, 1903

According to Wright's "Guide to Dublin" (1821), the Church 
of St. Nicholas Within, Nicholas-street, was originally 
built by Bishop Donat; this building would seem to have been 
re-edified in the latter part of the sixteenth century.  The 
church was re-built again in 1707, and the front of this 
edifice was dangerous when WRIGHT describes it.  Lewis 
(1887) mentions that the church had been taken down, and was 
to be re- built, which latter, however, was never done, and 
the parish was united to St. Audoen's in 1867.  The 
first-named author states that the greater part of the 
graveyard was obtained by the Coporation when building the 
Tholsel, so that what remained was merely a passage to the 
vaults which, he adds, contained the bodies of several 
persons of high descent, but their names could only be 
learned from the parish registers. On my visit, in May, 
1900, I had some difficulty in getting in though I had an 
appointment for the purpose, owing to the key having been 
lost; after a delay, however, the difficulty was overcome by 
the padlock being broken.  I was told that the Coropration 
was not going to do anything at present with respect to the 
remains of the church;* all the houses up to it, on the 
south side, had, however, already been taken down in 
connection with the improvement schemes.  What remains of 
the front of the church is the lowest story, of cut stone, 
having a door at the north side, and a They are still 
standing (August 1903).

Corresponding aperture, built up, at the south, with one 
(arched) in the centre, much larger and also built up.  
There is a derelict house (the "Verger's House"), where the 
schoolmistress of the Union of St. Audoen's used to live 
some years back, and which I went through, adjoining the 
church to the north, and it is the strip of ground behind 
this house that constitutes the graveyard.  After passing 
through the doorway in the church front, there is a short 
passage or walk, and a flight of steps, the space to the 
south being earth.  The rest of the site is covered with the 
flags in the form of a centre can only be a few feet 
(perhaps three or four) higher than the level of the top 
step.  There seemed flat masonry under the roofing at some 
parts at least.  The wall of the church, towards the base of 
which the north side of the roofing slopes down, shows four 
round-headed windows, cut stone forming the arches on the 
house (which also opens into the churchyard), is a door to 
the burial ground.  In the wall at the east end of the 
roofed space, near its northern extremity, is the upper part 
of what I took to be a doorway – built up – appearing above 
the slope of the roof, with the form of an arch above a 
flat-cut stone, the jambs being also of cut stone.  The 
ground on the other side of the wall belongs to Messrs. T 
HENSHAW & Co.  I could see no entrance to the space below 
the roofing.  The Rev. C T McCREADY, D D, however, tells me 
that he once penetrated beneath this roofing into the 
vaults, but saw nothing but coffins and slime and 
coffin-plates recording names of  no one of interest."  The 
Parochial Registers, he adds, give the names of all persons 
buried there after 1670.  I am also indebted to him for 
kindly referring me to a series of articles in the "Irish 
Builder" of 1889, in connection with which, he informed me, 
some inscriptions taken by him appeared †.  This series 
seems of a very valuable character, and is continued during 
the year 1890, reproducing the entries of the parish 
registers with other matter. These following inscriptions, 
with some particulars not given in the latter, but without 
stating the age of Edward THORTON.  One of the earlier 
articles reproduces from the "Gentleman's Magazine," a view 
of the front of the Church of Nicholas Within.  This 
engraving, to be found on Plate II of the May number of the 
Magazine for
I was most civilly shown by Mr. KEOGH (who has been, I 
believe, for some half-century in their employment) the part 
of the wall inside the shop which, he said, corresponded 
with the part I described.  Here there is a recess boarded 
up in the wall, which is fronted by shelving; the recess, 
however, is some distance from the ground and has a flat 
stone at the bottom, which he said once came upon a vault 
full of fine mould on the premises.

†    These inscriptions I could not find in the "Builder."

Picture of: The Earl of Corks Monument in St. Patrick's 
Cathedral, Dublin Erected during his lifetime in 1631

1786, opposite page 375, shows that there was then a wall where the "Verger's
House" now stands.
'Projecting from the inside of the north wall of what was 
originally the church, to the east of the last window, there 
is a tablet of white marble, 13 inches high by 19 in length, 
within a frame of grayish stone, now quite sofe, of about 2 
inches in width.  The inscription, in small letters is 
plain; but most of the marble has a grayish incrustation 
over it':-

Here Lieth the Body | of Edward TORTON Esq | Who
Departed this | Life Augt ye 21 1762 | aged 69

'The only other inscription in this church or graveyard 
appears to be that  given below, which is on a stone in the 
graveyard leaning against another larger one close to the 
north wall of the church, a little west of the last window 
but one.  This larger stone might, however, have carving on 
the side resting against the church wall.  The first two 
words were the only portion of the inscription above the 
ground.  The stone under "Friend" is apparently broker, but 
not so under the first part of this line; if, however, there 
is anything more on the memorial, it must be after a larger 
intervening space than that between the last two lines 
given.  The lettering is in good preservation':-

Here lieth the Body of Mr. Thomas | KING who Departed this 
life on | the 15th July 1771, aged 39 Years | He was a Good 
Christian | And a Sincere Friend.

'There is a fourth stone, broken at the top, standing out in 
the graveyard near the second of the four windows, which 
might have an inscription.  It is not more than a few inches 
above the ground, and I only examined it some six inches 
beneath the surface.

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the 
Memorials of the Dead in Ireland Vo. 6. 1904, (FHL #