Clonburren

Clonburren graveyard
Graveyard name: 
Clonburren
Graveyard Code: 
RO-CLBU
RMP/Site number: 
RO056-007001-
RMP Classification: 
Graveyard

Location

Roscommon
Ireland
53° 18' 50.2596" N, 8° 3' 6.8616" W
Townland: 
Cloonburren
Number of Memorials: 
68
Notes: 

Graveyard surveyed by the Moore History Group in June 2015. Training funded by the Heritage Council.

Clonburren/Clonburn is the smallest of the three historic graveyards in the parish of Moore. This is a mixed burial ground of Catholic, Protestant and Presbyterian. Family names on memorials here are no longer in the parish: St George, D’Arcy, Knight, Bomphray, Wiseman, Stevenson, Ferguson, Harrison, Ramsay, Jackson, Proudfoot and Trumperant Potts. The earliest recorded inscription here is 1801, Patrick Cady. Local stone masons may have used the rich limestone of the Kidlawn and Clonmacnoise quarries to make the grave memorials. Memorial no. 46 displays a blacksmiths tools, memorial no.63 displays a shepherd’s crook. Clonburren is an oblong shaped graveyard located on a north facing slope in pastureland, enclosed by a dry stonewall composed of limestone. Access to the graveyard is through a field gate and across a field of pasture. With good views from the west to the north east, where a large expanse of bogland and the Shannon are visible in the distance. The land continues to rise from south east around to the west. Three miles to the north east is the important ecclesiastical site at Clonmacnoise, while visible to the south of the site is the Esker Riada. In the immediate vicinity is a motte and bailey which is located some 700m to the south east; a cross base and holy well are sited some 400m to the south. Near the centre of the graveyard in the south west quadrant is the poorly preserved west gable of a church and a stretch of the north side wall which is attached to the gable. Burials have taken place throughout this graveyard since early Christian times when it served an early nunnery. The site is one of the few convents known from early Christian times. This convent it seems declined in the 12th century but a church still stood here in the 17th century. 

While we have made every effort to achieve accuracy in attaching maiden names and villages to memorials, we accept there may be mistakes. If a reader detects discrepancies or inaccuracies with inscription or footnote, please email us your observations at moore@irelandxo.com .A mapboard (updated November 2017) displaying alphabetical index of memorials is on display at graveyard entrance. 

Graveyard plan: 
Mapboard of Clonburren Graveyard updated by Moore History Group Nov. 2017
Survey documents

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
RO-CLBU-0001 RO-CLBU-0001 WILLIAM TURNBULL FERGUSON
RO-CLBU-0002 RO-CLBU-0002 JANET JACKSON
RO-CLBU-0003 RO-CLBU-0003
MARY
JOHN LINDSAY
STEVENSON WISEMAN BOMPHRAY
BOMPHRAY
RO-CLBU-0004 RO-CLBU-0004
JOHN
KATHERINE
DAVID
BOOKLESS
BOOKLESS (nee BELL)
BOOKLESS
RO-CLBU-0005 RO-CLBU-0005
JAMES
MARY
WHYTE
WHYTE nee BOOKLESS
RO-CLBU-0006 RO-CLBU-0006
GEORGE
ELIZABETH
OLIVER
MARY
HARRISON
HARRISON (nee RAMSEY)
RAMSEY
RAMSEY (nee THOMPSON)
RO-CLBU-0007 RO-CLBU-0007 ALFRED DEFREYNE DARCY
RO-CLBU-0008 RO-CLBU-0008 LIONEL D'ARCY
RO-CLBU-0009 RO-CLBU-0009 MARY ANN KNIGHT
RO-CLBU-0010 RO-CLBU-0010
MARY
JOHN
KNIGHT
KNIGHT
RO-CLBU-0011 RO-CLBU-0011
ANNE
DANL
PROUDFOOT
PROUDFOOT
RO-CLBU-0012 RO-CLBU-0012 WILLIAM KNIGHT
RO-CLBU-0013 RO-CLBU-0013
SIMON
JOHN
MICHAEL
ELLEN
SINNOTT
KELLY
SINNOTT
SINNOTT
RO-CLBU-0014 RO-CLBU-0014
WILLIAM
WILLIAM
TRUMPERANT POTTS
TRUMPERANT POTTS
RO-CLBU-0015 RO-CLBU-0015 THOMAS GRADY ST GEORGE
RO-CLBU-0016 RO-CLBU-0016 GEORGE ST GEORGE
RO-CLBU-0017 RO-CLBU-0017 SARAH ST GEORGE
RO-CLBU-0018 RO-CLBU-0018
MARY
PATRICK
MICHAEL
TURLEY
TURLEY
TURLEY
RO-CLBU-0019 RO-CLBU-0019
THOMAS
CATHERINE
KILLION
KILLION
RO-CLBU-0020 RO-CLBU-0020 JOHN KILLIAN
RO-CLBU-0021 RO-CLBU-0021
THOMAS
JACK
MICHAEL
MICHAEL
NANIE
MARIA
KENNY
KENNY
KENNY
KENNY
RO-CLBU-0022 RO-CLBU-0022
MICHAEL
MARGARET
KATHLEEN
MICHAEL
TURLEY
TURLEY (nee KENNY)
O'SHEA
O'SHEA
RO-CLBU-0023 RO-CLBU-0023
MARY
JAMES
EILEEN
JOHN
McMANUS (nee KENNY)
McMANUS
MCMANUS
MCMANUS
RO-CLBU-0024 RO-CLBU-0024
DANIEL
KITTY
KENNY
KENNY (nee TEMPLE)
RO-CLBU-0025 RO-CLBU-0025 MARGARET O' SHEA (nee EGAN)