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Quin Parish

1893, Vol. II (2)

Quin Abbey.
From Thos. J. Westropp, M.A.

Under the belfry, in raised capitals:—


In the nave:—


A table tomb in the south transept:—

“This tomb was erected by MATTHEW M‘NAMARA of Moohane in the year 1700 (?) and repaired by his grandson MATTHEW MACNAMARA of Summerhill in the year 1768 in memory of his father TEIGE and his brother ROWE M‘NAMARA.”



[17th century tomb.]

“Here lies the body of JOHN STAMER who lived and died an honest man and Depd this life March the 1st 1799 aged 60 years. This tomb was erected by his beloved wife ELLEN STAMER Als PURCELL for him and their posterity. May his soul test in peace.”

“Reader weep not but pray while time to thee is given
Your tears would only wet my clay your prayers may gain me heaven.”

“Here lies the body of EDMOND MACNAMARA grandson to HUGH MACNAMARA of Corbally deceased who departed this life May 7th aged 21 years 1761.”

East cloister:—

“Here lies the body of the Revd JOHN HOGAN, of Drim, who departed this life A.D. 1820, aged 80 years, the last of the Franciscan Friars who had their residents (sic) at Drim, the place of their refuge when driven from the Abbey of Quin. He was supported by the pious donations of the faithful, and served as an auxiliary to his neighbouring parish priests in the vineyard of the Lord. He knew how to abound and how to suffer want as the Lord was pleased to send. He died in holy poverty, respected for his strictness in religious discipling (sic) and venerated by all. Qui senimat in lachrymis exultatione metet. Requiescat in pace. Amen.”

1894, Vol. II (3)
Received from Thomas J. Westropp Esq.

Quin Abbey.
The plate opposite, from a sketch by Mr. Westropp, represents a fifteenth-century altar-tomb in the chancel of this abbey; it stands under a three-arched canopy. The inscription is in raised black letter:—

“Hic jacent Oid fili Laurencii [Lorcan] fili Mathi [Mahon] M com Ara et Constina M N Mara uror Ej Q me fieri fecerut.”

On a more recent slab at the back is:—


Arms—A lion rampant, 3 spear heads in chief.
Crest—Arm and hand with dagger.
Motto—“Firmitas in cœlum.”

1896, Vol. III (2)

Quin Abbey.
From the Dublin Penny Journal, for 1834.

Quin, called also Quint or Quinchy, is situated in the barony of Bunratty, about five miles east of Ennis. An abbey was founded here at an early period, which was consumed by fire, A.D. 1278. In 1402, Mac Cam Dall Macnamara, lord of Glancoilean, erected the present monastery, being a beautiful strong building of black marble; his tomb is still remaining.

The MacNamara Tomb, Quin Abbey

The MacNamara Tomb, Quin Abbey

This monastery, with all the manors, advowsons, &c., of Davennwall, Ichance, Downagour, and divers others, with the site of all the hereditaments thereof, was granted to Sir Turlough O’Brien, of Innishdyman (Innistymon) in fee, December 14, 1583. The monastery was repaired in 1604. Bishop Pococke thus describes its present state:—Quin is one of the finest and most entire monasteries that I have seen in Ireland. It is situated on a fine stream, with an ascent of several steps to the church; at the entrance one is surprised with the view of the high altar entire, and of an altar on each side of the arch of the chancel. To the south is a chapel, with three or four altars in it, and a very Gothic figure in relief of some saint. On the north side of the chancel is a fine monument of the family of the Macnamaras of Rance, erected by the founder; On a stone by the high altar the name of Kennedye appears in large letters; in the middle, between the body and the chancel, is a fine tower built on the gable ends.
There are the remains of a curious representation of a Crucifixion in stucco on the wall near the high altar, that have escaped, I believe, the observation of all travellers.
The abbey was not founded till after 1318, and before 1350 (so Magrath, in 1360, and Wadding). Archdall mistakes the record in Annals, which refers to burning of church. (See Journal R.H.A.A.I., 1889.)

From Dr. G. U. Macnamara, per T. J. Westropp.
In the chancel:—

“. . . . . MACNAMARA of Ballymarka[han]. . . . . who died Decembr ye 22d | Ano Do 1722. May he rest in Pace (sic) Amen. Erected by his son MICHAEL, Ano Dom 1750.”

A later tomb of this branch of the family at Coad Church, near Inchiquin Lake, alludes to the above. See under Kilneboy Parish, Coad Church.

Modern Protestant Church of Quin.
Church built in 1797. Patron—Lord EGREMONT.
Rev. ARTHUR YOUNG, 1802.
Registers commence in 1801, 1 vol.

[From T. J. Westropp.]
South wall:—

1. “HUGH SINGLETON, of Hazelwood, d. Sept. 29, 1878, aged 82. Erected by his daughter ANNIE M. MAGEE.”

2. “Major-Genl. JOHN SINGLETON, Royal Artillery, died at Quinville, Aug. 4th, 1880, after a long illness and much suffering, aged 54 years and 4 months. Erected by his widow.”

3. “Erected by JOHN and ISABELLA SINGLETON, of Quinville, to their daughter MARCELLA, whose early death was caused by a fearful accident from fire, 5 March, 1857, died March 20th. Buried in the family vault at Kilnasulagh.”

4. “ISABELLA CAREW, only daughter of MICHAEL CREAGH, of Laurentinum, Cork, and for 40 years wife of JOHN SINGLETON, of Quinville, d. Ap. 1st, 1861, aged 63, buried at Kilnasula.”

North Wall:—

5. Arms—Or, a chief indented 3 escallops bendwise, a crescent in chief.
Motto—“Timor Domini Fons Vitæ.
“Hon: THEOBALD FITZWALTER BUTLER, 2nd son of the Rt. Hon. THEO: FITZWALTER BUTLER, XIV. Lord Dunboyne, and JULIA CELESTINA MARIA his wife, born 19 July, 1840, d: 19 Nov., 1877, buried in the family vault, Quin Abbey.”

A large and handsome vesica-shaped tablet with above arms:—

6. “Rt. Hon. THEO: FITZWALTER BUTLER, Baron of Dunboyne, XXIII. Baron by Summons and XIV. Baron by Patent, a representative peer for Ireland, b: 11 Feb., 1806, d.: 22 March, 1881, buried in Quin Abbey. Erected by JULIA CELESTINE MARIA, Baroness Dunboyne, 1881.”

7. “JOHN COPLEY SINGLETON, died 7 March, 1890, aged 58.”

1897, Vol. III (3)

Received from Thomas J. Westropp Esq.

Quin Friary
MACNAMARA— 1714. TEIG, of Ranna. Arms—A lion rampant, in chief two spear heads and a crescent. Crest—A hand and arm holding a nondescript scimitar.
Seal—1757. WILLIAM, of Doolin. Arms—A lion rampant, in chief two spear heads and a crescent. Crest—A hand and arm holding a dagger.

Quin Friary, Chancel
MACNAMARA, 1714.— Set in the back of a mediæval canopied tomb (see Report, Vol. II., p. 453 [above]), the Armorial bearings of Capt. TEIGE MACNAMARA, of Ranna, Co. Clare, the patron of ANDREW CURTIN, the Irish scholar: for him was made the copy of “The Wars of Torlough” (now in T.C.D.), 1721.

St. Finghin’s Church, Quin
SPAIGHT—1801. Capt. JULIAN. Arms—On a fess three pheons. Crest—A bird.

1900, Vol. IV (2) part 2

From T.J. Westropp, Esq., 1899

Quin Parish (Franciscan Friary, Quin).
The following monuments lie in the walks of the cloister, some being much defaced by the tread of passers-by and by gravediggers.
In the North Walk, commencing at the west end:—

1. “MICHEAL SCANLAN died 3rd Aug 1771 aged 63 erected by his son.”

2. “MARTIN NOWLAN in memory of his wife BRIGED alias CARROLL she d : 8th Feb, aged 60, 1767. (This curious ‘arrangement’ is common.)”

3. “Gloria in excelsis. The Rev. JOHN CLUNE in memory of his father JAMES CLUNE who d : May 21st 1857 aged 77.”

4. “JAMES HENDRICK d : May 1772 aged 68. Erected by his son Charles.”

5. “Rev ALICK CRONE.” (No date. Defaced.)

6. “Rev CHARLES HICKEY who d : the 15th day.” (Rest of date not cut.)

7. “Rev MICELL HALLORAN” (No date.)

8. “Rev JOHN HOGAN of Drim the last surviving Friar of the convent d. 1820 aged 80 (see Vol. II, p. 279 [above]) ‘qui seminat in lachrymis exultatione metet.’”


East Walk, from North:—

10. “Here lies the Body of MARGT | FINUCANE wife of ANDW HICKY | who Dyed the year 1740.”

11. “JOHN STAMER d : March 1st 1799 aged 60. Erected by his wife ELLEN PURCELL” (see Vol. II, p. 279 [above]).

12. “This Tomb was erected | by DANIEL LYNCHY in mem | ory of his wife HONORA LYN | CHY alias CUSTEILO who died | 7ber ye 4th in ye 27th year of | Her Age Anno Domini 1758.”

13. “I. N. R. I. I. H. S Erected by JAMES HALL | ORAN and his wife BRIDGET HALLINAN who died Deber 4th 1794 Aged 21 years.”

South Walk, from East:—

14. “JOHN KENDALL in memory of his wife ANNA KENDALL alias HORE d : 12 Aug, aged 22 yeare of her Age, 1758.”

15. “THOMAS KENDALL and his son and daughter THOMAS and — (partly covered) 1763.”

16. “THOMAS MOLONY Erected 1748.”

17. “ANDREW MURPHY d 1st Feb 1825 erected by his son MICHAEL.”

18. “THOMAS MOLONY (FITZ ROGER) in memory of his wife and son MARGRET (sic) MOLONY alias HORE d 13 May, in the 27th year of her age 1752.”

19. “PENELOPE HORE alias KERIN died March 1760.”

20. “THADY LIDDY in memory of his brother Rev. PATRICK LIDDY died 29 June 1757 aged 42.”

21. “I. H. S. Hic Jacet Rev. CORNELIUS | HEHIR nuper parochius de | Quin &c obijt 4° die Junii 1759. | Requiescat in pace Amen.”

West Walk, from South:—

22. “PATRICK O’GORMAN d 30 June 1856 aged 70 erected by his wife MARY & son PATRICK.”

23. “Js CORBETT in mem of his father MICHAEL d 8 July 1822 aged 58 & his Mother HANORA (sic) CORBETT alias HEIHER d 19 May 1822 aged 56.”

In Friary Church, Quin.
In sedile in North Wall (incised capitals):—

“Here lies the | Body of EDMON . . . MA.NEMARA gra(nd | s) on to HUGH | . . . NEMARA of Co (r) | (b)ally deceased | who departed this | life May the 7th Ag . . . 21 years 176 . . . .”

In Chancel Floor:—

“Here lies ye body of | PETER MACNAMARA who | Died March ye 16th 1764 | Aged 73 years Erected | by his sonnes CONNER & MICHAEL Ano Dom—.”

“Erected by FRANCIS MCNAMAR : | of Durree in memy of his | Brother JAMES MCNAMARA | who depd this life the 9th | March A D 1833, May his | soul rest in peace Amen.”

Mediæval tomb to right of Altar (see Vol. II, p. 453 [above]). Dr. George Macnamara, of Baunkyle, reads the black-letter inscription differently from what is there given:—

“Hic jacent. Oid filius Laurentii filii Mathi m comara et coustina mcomara uxor ej’q me fieri fecerut.”

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