Photos, transcription and research by Robin Moran,
Fahan Presbyterian Church
to the Memory
of JAMES MACKEY of Ballinagallagh
who departed this life the 14th day of
March 1842 aged 84 years [b.~1758]
4and of his
who departed this life 9th day of
Nov. 1842 aged 28 years [b.~1814]
5And also her
who departed this life the 12th day of
Nov. 1842 aged 32 years [b.~1810]
lieth the body of Anne [b.~1797]
daughter of John Mackey of Gallaugh
who died 6th Sept 1834
aged 37 years
Update from Robin, September 2019:
"I was visiting my mums
grave there during the week and thought it strange that
these two Macky graves were not side by side but separated
by one graves width covered with rubble etc.
I went back this AM armed
with tools etc and discovered another Macky grave marker!
This one is damaged and more difficult to read. More
work will have to be done but if I am not mistaken I see
1700's. The names are always easier to read because they
were almost always engraved in a larger font and hence
Between the three stones and
the Londonderry Sentinel deaths there is the understanding
of part of three generations. These are one-grave-wide
graves and I know from my own experience that Drumhaggart
is a bit on the shallow side, usually only two graves deep.
Hence there was a sort of unwritten rule that it needed a
generation before the grave could be reused and even then
there would be remains.
James, his wife Ann their
daughter in law Lydia and Grandson James are in the
original centre grave. Grandson James was definitely died
1831 (confirmed in the Londonderry Sentinel) and Lydia
would have probably been similar.
So when son John's (Lydia's
husband, mentioned in the older stone) daughter Anne died
in 1834 he opened a new grave and hers ended up the only
name on the stone.
In 1842 the aforementioned 19
year old grandson's father and two sisters died. (James,
Elizabeth & Dorcas) So another grave was opened on
the other side of the original one. This grave has raised
sides which was probably to accommodate three graves in
You will see from the
Londonderry Sentinel that a Dorcas Macky (6) died in
1866. This almost certainly would have been wife of James
(1758-1842) and mother of Elizabeth, Dorcas and James
Also from the Sentinel I
would suggest that John (7) 1760-1850 remarried Ellen
and is probably buried with his daughter Anne
See also Ellen (8) 1763-1853,
definitely buried in Drumhaggart.
I recognise there is another
another set of Mackys in Galliagh - see the death of James
High Constable of the City and Liberties of Derry
Here lieth the body of Ann Macky
who departed this life the
sixth day of July ???? aged ??
Also the body of her husband
James Macky who departed this life
the ?? of April ???? aged ?0 years
Also the body of his daughter in law
Lydia Macky wife of his son John
who departed this life the 19th
of March 18?? aged ?? years
was reposited the remains
of James Macky student who
departed this life the 18th of April in the
year of our Lord 1831 aged 19 years [b.~1812]
On Monday last, the 18th inst., at the
residence of his father, in the 19th year of his age, after a tedious
illness, Mr. James Macky, eldest son of James Macky, Esq., of Gallagh.
At Gallagh, on Saturday, the 6th inst., after a lingering
illness, Anne, only daughter of John Macky, Esq.
At Galluagh, near Derry, on Monday, the 14th inst., James
Macky, Esq., aged 84 years.
At Ballinagallagh, near this city, of small pox, on
Wednesday, the 9th inst., Elizabeth, youngest daughter, and, on
Saturday, the 12th inst, Dorcas, the second daughter of the
late James Macky, Esq.
At Gallagh, on the 24th inst., aged 50 years, James Macky,
Esq., High Constable of the city and liberties of Derry.
On the 7th inst., Mr. John Macky, Gallagh, aged 90
On the morning of the 17th inst., Ellen, relict
of the late Mr. John Macky, of Gallagh, at the advanced
age of 90 years. Her remains will be removed for interment,
to Drumhaggart burying ground, on Saturday morning, the 19th
inst., at ten o'clock. [b.1763]
September 1, at Gallagh, Dorcas, relict of the late
James Macky, Esq., aged 85 years. [Her remains will be removed
for interment from her late residence to the burying-ground
at Drumhaggard, on this (Tuesday) morning, the 4th instent,
at ten o'clock.] [b.~1781]
City Cemetery Burials
Macky, William Thompson, 4 Marlborough St. Galliagh 38 21-Apr 1887