JULIANSTOWN CHURCH, CO. MEATH
Recorded by Michael Ward
The social history of east Meath is reflected in the memorial tablets, brasses and stained glass windows which adorn St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Church in Julianstown. The losses sustained by the parish in two world wars are evident and the record of the names of many families now disappeared from the district is a reminder of the haemorrhage suffered by the Anglican Church in less than a century.
PEPPER – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Pepper D.L. of Ballygarth Castle Colonel the Royal Meath Regimen. He loved this house of God and its structure and adornment were the objects of his constant care entered into rest 6th. Dec. 1927 “I am the resurrection and the life”
YEATES – In memory of George Yeates Esq of Grafton Street Dublin who departed this life November the 4th 1862 and of Jane his wife who departed this life July the 31st 1837 aged 37 years
JONES – Sacred to the memory of Mary Anna wife of Charles S. Jones captain in the 58th regiment daughter of Thomas Cannon Esqr and granddaughter of Major Tandy of Milbank Co. Kildare who died the 17th of Octr. 1830 aged 19 years. This tribute to departed worth prematurely cut off in the flower of youth is paid by an affectionate husband
MC CLINTOCK – In memory of Col. Stanley Robert McClintock DSO and BAR May 17 1882 – July 16 1958 and his wife Caroline Nellie nee Brodigan July 1881 – January 26 1960 of Pilton House who worshipped regularly in this church.
PEPPER – To the glory of God and in memory of Matilda V. M. Pepper who died 26 November 1907 this chancel and chancel arch was rebuilt by Charles Pepper and Hariet M.Pepper 1909
PEPPER – This chancel was erected by Thomas St.George Pepper A.D. 1862 to the glory of God and in memory of Lt.Colonel Thomas Pepper 50 years commanding the Royal Meath Regt. who died 9th. October 1857 aged 83 years. Mary Louise his wife who died 9th. May 1862. Captain George Pepper Ballygarth Cavalry who died 15th. December 1860 aged86. Lt. Colonel Charles Pepper 27th Royal Inniskilling Regt. who died 15th October 1848 aged 63. Matilda Mary his wife who died 19th. August 1853. Elizabeth, wife of the Rev. Edward Pepper who died 20th April 1860. It was re-tiled by Charles Pepper 1907. In memory of Major Richard Pepper, Royal Meath Regt. who died 27th December 1871 aged 94 the Rev. Edward Pepper Prebend of Mohenock who died 10th. May 1870 aged 86
PEPPER – to the memory of Thomas Pepper Esquire who died at London in December 1800 in the 68th. year of his age and of Henrietta Moore his wife who died at Dublin in April 1831 in the 84 th year of her age and also of three of their sons Lt. Col Henry S. Pepper CBE., ICS. Lt. Col.Hercules Pepper CBE., ICS. Lieut. Octavius Pepper 27th.Regt. Erected by Lt.Col.Pepper Royal Meath Militia May 1831 Resurgemus
FRY – Sacred to the memory of the Rev. George Ernest Fry MA for 12 years Rector of this parish he died in this church on Sunday 24th Sep. 1939. Erected by parishioners and friends he loved the house of God.
(Crest of King’s Royal Irish Hussars)
MC DONNELL – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Robert Edward McDonnell of Kilsharven, Co.Meath (8th. King’s Royal Irish Hussars) who died of wounds at Barce, North Africa 16th february 1941. The electric light in this church has been installed by his mother
WOODS – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Senta Woods of Kilsharvan, Co. Meath who died 9th May 1969 her love for flowers and the artistry of her arrangements enhanced the beauty of this church
SHORTER – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Nicholas Shorter of Kilsharvan, Co. Meath who died 20th January 1984.
TUNSTALL-MOORE – To the glory of God and in memory of Mathilde Sophie widow of Robert Tunstall-Moore of Stedalt in this parish and the eldest daughter of the late Henry Blount of Nantes, France she passed to her rest on august 31 st. 1925 in her 83 rd year.
“I know that my Redeemer liveth”. This tablet is placed in loving remembrance by her surviving children Lucy McCarthy-Filgate and Edyth Smith-Bingham.
PRESTON – To the glory of God and in memory of the Rev John Evans Preston MA. RD. for 43 years rector of this parish who died 14th June 1927. This tablet is erected by parishioners and friends “be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life” Rev .2:10
Stained glass windows
PRESTON – Sanctus Georgius to the glory of God and the beloved memory of Trevor Taylor Preston Imperial Light Horse aged 23 who fell in action on Wagon Hill in the defence of Ladysmith Jany, 6 1900 this window is dedicated by friends and parishioners.
SMYTH/COOPER – The rose window in this wall is erected by Mrs Smyth of Cooper Hill in loving memory of her sister Clamina Cooper 1907
TUNSTALL-MOORE – To the glory of God in loving memory of Edward Walsh Tunstall-Moore.
TUNSTALL-MOORE – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Robert Tunstall-Moore this window is erected by his wife and children 1907
TUNSTALL-MOORE – To the glory of God in loving memory of Henry Robert Tunstall-Moore
OSBORNE – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Henry St. George Osborne of Dardistown Castle, who died 22nd August 1899 aged 60.
MOORE – To the glory of God and in loving memory of Henry Moore for 35 years vicar of this parish. died 1879. Also of Charlotte his wife died 1886. Also their son Henry Nugent Moore died 1870 and their daughter Charlotte Cobbe died 1901. This window is placed here in 1907 by surviving members of the family.
RADCLIFFE/ BRODIGAN/ JAMESON – To the glory of God and in memory of Herbert Travers Radcliffe, Captain Leinster Regiment killed in action at St.Eloi 15th march 1915 Francis John Brodigan Captain Gloucestershire Regiment killed in action at Festubert 9th may 1915 Edward J.Jameson Lt.Colonel Leinster Regiment killed in action in Palestine 27th March 1917 who held commissions in the Royal Meath Regiment this window is erected by Charles Pepper Col. of the Regt. 1919
TISDALL/ GILLAIT/ CODDINGTON – To the glory of God and in memory of Charles Arthur Tisdall, Captain Irish Guards killed in action at Villiers Cottereto 1st.september 1915 Reginald H.Gilliat, Captain Leinster Regiment killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 6th April 1915 Hubert John Coddington, Captain Durham Light Infantry killed in action at Ypres 7th July 1915 who held commissions in the Royal Meath Regiment. This window was erected by Charles Pepper Col. of the Regiment 1919.
PEPPER – To the glory of God and in memory of Thomas St.George Pepper who died 21st July 1884. This window was erected by his brother Charles Pepper and his sisters Harriet M.Pepper and Mathilda V.M. Pepper.
PEPPER – To the glory of God and in memory of Mathilda V.M.Pepper who died 26th November 1907 this window was erected by her brother Charles Pepper.
PEPPER – To the glory of god and in memory of Harriet Mary Pepper who died 7th July 1913 this window was erected by her brother Charles Pepper.
OSBOURNE – To the glory of god and in memory of Francis Charles Osbourne of Smithstown in the county of Meath who died 6th.January 1919 in his 79th year.
(Crest of Royal Meath Regiment)
MC DONNELL – In loving memory of Lt.Col. John McDonnell of Kilsharvan, Co.Meath 5th.Batt.Leinster, Royal Meath Regiment who fell in action at Ypres 29th. September 1918.
Note: This window is the work of the celebrated stained glass artist Healy (1873-1941) who was a member of An Tur Gloine group.
To the glory of God and in beloved memory of Geoffrey William Osbourne, 2nd.Lieut.Royal Air Force youngest son of Francis Charles Osbourne of Smithstown, County Meath. killed in action 29th. June 1918 aged 26 years buried in the souvenir cemetery Longueverse, St. Omer.
Brass plate on south wall:
The standards of the Royal Meath Militia were displayed in this church from 1929 to 1969 when they were removed to the British National Army Museum, Chelsea.
The church pews were allocated by the Select Vestry in 1907 and bear small brass plates indicating the places of residence of the pew-holders. Ballygarth, Delvin and Stedalt had three each; Mosney, the Vicarage and Dardistown two each and Corballis, Kilsharvan, Elmgrove, Whitefield, Moorechurch, Nynch (sic), Irishtown and Cooperhill one each. Pews were also reserved for the Police, the Coastguard, a Mr. Mitchell and the Choir, the remainder being either “Free” or not allocated. Local families represented include Pepper, Smith-Taylor, Shaw, McDonnell, McKeever , Tunstall-Moore, Yates, Smyth and Osborne.