Gravestone inscription for Andrew McFarland
located in the cemetery of the Church of Ireland
in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
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ANDREW McFARLAND
of Ardmaloughy who departed
this life March 9th 1857 aged 67
also his daughter ELIZA who
died March 29th 1837 aged 23

Exterior of family plot for Andrew McFarland
The Ballygawley COI is about 10 meters to the right
Photo courtesy of Evelynn Cartwright

Armaloughy (or Armalughey) is an Irish townland a mile east of Ballygawley, and we know from birth registrations that an Andrew McFarland (probably this man's son) lived in Armaloughy from before 1864 to after 1874. Carol Conlin, at the Armagh Public Library, 30 km southeast of Ballygawley, was asked to comment on the word "Ardmaloughy" in the above inscription, which also appears on the marriage registration for Catherine McFarland. She writes:

"Armalughey in Irish is 'ard maol Eachadha' and means Eoghy's bare hill.
We can find no trace of 'Ardmaloughy' and wonder if there has been a mix of Irish and English in the spelling on the headstone."


Interior of family plot for Andrew McFarland. The 2nd (broken) headstone on the ground bears a faint inscription. Eileen Hewsom (who surveyed this and a few other Tyrone graveyards in 2009) was unable to read the 2nd headstone inscription. However, Joyce Edwards, a church official, examined this loose headstone in August 2017, and felt that the inscribed name was "Annie Coulter".
Annie Coulter is probably unrelated to Andrew McFarland.
Photo courtesy of Evelynn Cartwright

Headstone of Archibald McCaughan, husband of Mary McFarland
Inscription: In memory of Archibald McCaughan of Grange who departed
this life May 26th 1897 aged 75 years. Erected by his loving wife MARY.

Mary is likely also buried here, but she is not named on the headstone.
Family plot for Andrew McFarland (Mary's father) visible rear left
and the east wall of the church is to the right.
This headstone is visible in the church photo below
Above photo courtesy of Evelynn Cartwright

McFarland plot is just off the left edge of this photo

Alternate possible gravesite: St. Matthew's Church

Evelynn Cartwright describes this church

The above photo is looking (west) at the back of the church across the graveyard. Notice the stone wall [along] the outside (right) as mentioned in the book Ulsterheart, made from stones of St. Kerog church when it was demolished in 1832. Standing [along] the wall at the far back and up the [right] side are gravestones which cannot be read due to weather. Oh! I wish they could be.

This church is about 2 miles west of Ballygawley. You travel out the A4 toward Augher. About 1 mile out you take the road to the right and travel about 1 mile? The Old Mill is across from the church. A local map shows the church near the intersection of Glenhoy Rd, Feddan Rd., and Ballynasaggart Rd, the last road also known as Halftown Road when it crosses the A4. A corresponding map (below) drawn by the Rev. Brett Ingram in his book Ulsterheart shows the location of the old Kerog church. which is adjacent to St. Matthew's. To reach the ancient Errigle Cross cemetery, travel west from St. Matthew's about 1 km on Glenhoy Road, then right about 500m on Errigle Road (called "Argel Kerog" on the map below): Errigle Cross is 30m south of the road. A satellite photo of Errigle Cross is also below

Above is the ancient Errigle Cross cemetery west of Ballygawley. Also see graves at Killeshil Church of Ireland east of Ballygawley