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Local traditions in early eighteenth-century commemoration : the headstone memorials from Balrothery, Co. Dublin, and their place in the evolution of Irish and British commemorative practice

Mytum, H. (2004) Local traditions in early eighteenth-century commemoration : the headstone memorials from Balrothery, Co. Dublin, and their place in the evolution of Irish and British commemorative practice. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C, 104C (1). pp. 1-35. ISSN 0035-8991

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Abstract

This paper describes and analyses the early eighteenth-century headstones from Balrothery and other nearby graveyards in northern County Dublin with regard to size, shape, decoration and textual content. A distinct local design repertoire is evident. The texts display age and gender biases in commemoration, with older adults and males dominating. The Balrothery headstones are compared with others from Ireland and Britain, and a phase of marking burial with small stones is identified that predates the gravestone boom occurring from the middle of the eighteenth century. These early burial markers are relatively small compared with later eighteenth-century memorials, but a trend towards erecting larger stones over time is discernible. Most commemorate the deceased, some others emphasise location of the body, and a few explicitly indicate plot ownership.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: A copy of this paper is freely available from the publisher web site.
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2007 18:20
Published Version: http://www.ria.ie/cgi-bin/ria/papers/100423.pdf
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1701

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