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Hello:

I am wondering is someone in the Julinstown/Stamullen group might be able to help me out. I am researching an Alexander Watt, who was a gamekeeper on the Gormanston estate for many years in the mid to late 1800s. I believe Alexander and his wife Elizabeth (who was also a servant at Gormanston) are buried in the Stamullen Parish Cemetery.  Jenico, 14th Viscount Gormanston erected a memorial stone to Alexander (died 1904) and Elizabeth (died 1896) in the Stamullen Parish Cemetery. The memorial stone inscription reads: “Sacred to the memory of Alexander Watt, a native of Ayrshire in Scotland. For nearly half a century the devout and faithful servant of three successive generations of the Gormanston family…” I would appreciate it if someone in the group might be able to take a photo of this memorial stone (if safe to do so with Covid right now of course). There might be other Watt headstones in this cemetery, as Alexander and Elizabeth had at least five children.  I would be interested in any of these other Watt headstones as well. My connection to Alexander Watt is through my paternal great grandmother Margaret Sloan, née Watt.  An aunt of mine Margaret Watt “Nancy” Sloan lived in Drogheda for a number of years; she is buried in St. Mary’s Church graveyard. My thanks.

Bill Sloan

Bill

Tuesday 30th March 2021, 02:46PM

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  • Bill, I am hoping to contact a local to see if there is any information, is it the Church of Ireland or RC graveyard, assume C of I, I have been sent a trancscript of the death of a Anne (Nancy) Sloan who died .1st Jan. 1979, "The Lord is My Shepard" is all it says, think it is in St Marys Drogehda but awaiting confirmation.

    When travel restrictions are lifted I will see about visiting but will probably be the end of June as I expect to complete vaccination mid May. I am not aware of a local volunteer and Stamulled has been dramatically developed in the last 20 years.

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Wednesday 31st March 2021, 08:34PM
  • Hello Pat:

    Thanks for the reply.  Yes, That would be the inscription from the headstone of my Aunt Nancy, in St. Mary's church graveyard, Drogheda. I visited her grave when I was in Drogheda in 2016. And yes, I think the Stamullen graveyard would be COI.  Thanks very much for the offer to take a look, once you are fully vaccinated and travelling is safe (safer!). Thanks again for getting in touch. Cheers.

    Bill 

    Bill

    Thursday 1st April 2021, 02:45PM
  • Hello Bill,

    I am Robert Watt born in Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland in 1941 to a Presbyterian, Farming family of Scots / Irish origins.

    I have a lot of Watt ancestry details but none seem to be in the Drogheda area, anyhow if I can have a look at  the details of your Alexander Watt I will see if there are links I can put together.

    From Robert,    I am at     rwdwatt@gmail.com 

    Robert Watt, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 12th April 2021, 07:18PM