Sunday, 15 May 2022

Killynether: III

Several years ago I drove to Drumbeg: to explore the graveyard of St Patrick's parish church.

Drumbeg is a lovely leafy area on the outskirts of Belfast, close to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, within a stone's throw of the River Lagan and canal.

Is the church on the County Antrim or County Down side of the river? County Down, I'm sure.

I've just had a look at the map.

The little church itself is most photogenic and picturesque, with a large graveyard on one side.

My purpose was to locate the Weir family plot.

The Weirs used to live at KILLYNETHER HOUSEScrabo, County Down.

Seemingly they resided near Drumbeg prior to that, at a property called Oak Hill in Dunmurry, Belfast.

In 1852, Arthur Collins Weir was a merchant who undertook business at his company, the Manchester Woollen Warehouse, 24½, Bridge Street in Belfast (would 24½ equate to 24A today?).

His residence was 1 Albion Place.

First published in March, 2009.


Unknown said...

Oakhill was latterly the residence of the Collier family who owned Sinclair's Department Store.

Onevikinggirl said...

Thank you so much for this picture and your posts about Killynether. I have a book that used to belong to Jessie Helen Weir of Killynether. Could you possibly tell me if her name appears on this gravestone too?