Memorial tablets in Christ Church, Belfast

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Memorial tablets in Christ Church, Belfast

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Belfast, Christ Church and tablets in Christ Church and St. George's Church,
O.S. 61 Grid Ref. 334740
This church is in College Square North, Belfast, and was opened in 1833. All the memorial tablets in the church have been copied, except the War Memorial. The church is orientated with the chancel to the south.

To the memory of Lieutenant James Trevanion Bettesworth, 36th Regiment, Aide-de-Camp to Major General Bainbridge, C.B., Commanding the District of Belfast. This promising young officer was carried off by fever on the 14 Nov 1847 in the 25th year of his age, deeply and deservedly lamented. "Consider the vanity of all earthly hopes and fix thy thoughts upon eternity."

To the glory of God and in loving memory of William Burns who died 04 Apr 1912. He was for over 65 years an honoured member of this congregation, serving faithfully for over 40 years in the Sunday Schools as teacher and for some time as superintendant. He was also synodsman, congregational treasurer and a member of the select vestry. A devoted Christian, a loyal churchman, a true patriot and a sincere friend. Erected by the congregation.

In the Belfast cemetery lie the remains of William Byrtt, Esq., and Harriet Byrtt (Lewis), his widow. To record their benevolence to the Christ Church congregation, of which they were godly members, by bequest of two thousand pounds for benefit of same, and to encourage others to imitate their exemplary life of faith, hope and charity, this tablet is erected by the minister, Rev. Thomas Drew, D.D., and congregation. William Byrtt, Esq., served 27 years as surgeon in H. Majesty's 20th, 28th and 24th Regiments of Foot. He died 09 Oct 1845 aged 59 years. Mrs Byrtt died 29 Sep 1847 aged 41 years. "The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Thess. iv, 16, 17.

Sacred to the memory of William Coates, Castle St., Belfast, born 1804 , died 1871. He was for 38 years an attached and devoted member of Christ Church congregation. This tablet is erected in affectionate and loving remembrance by his surviving children. 1874. "The just shall live by faith." Rom. I, 17.

To the glory of God and as a small thank-offering, the electric light installation in this church was supplied and erected May 1904 by William Trelford Coates, J.P., whose family have been connected with Christ Church since its consecration in 1833.

To the glory of God. Erected by the parishioners in memory of the faithful and devoted ministry of the Very Rev. J. W. Cooke, B.A., B.D., Dean of Connor 1945-1956 and Rector of Christ Church 1926-1956. Expositor, Pastor, Evangelist.

"Feed my lambs. Feed my sheep."
"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God." Sacred to the memory of Thomas Drew, D.D. LL.B., 1st Incumbent of this church, in which for 26 years he zealously laboured in the Gospel; born 26 Oct 1800 ; died 22 Oct 1870. This window was erected by the congregation worshiping here and other friends, in loving remembrance of his faithful and devoted ministry. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them." Rev. 14, 13.

Sacred to the memory of Mrs Elizabeth Gaskin who bequeathed £206 for the benefit of Christ Church schools. She died 15 Apr 1871. Her mortal remains repose in Tandragee churchyard. For many years she worshiped God within these consecrated walls. She lived in the faith of Jesus and has passed away to the blissful abode of the redeemed. The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when they sleep in dust.

In loving memory of Richard Rutledge Kane, M.A., LL.D., born 11 Jun 1841 , died 20 Nov 1898 , for 16 years rector of this parish, an orator, patriot, protestant, divine, learned and impressive preacher, an ardent educationalist, a tender-hearted friend. Through his instrumentality the Queen Victoria schools adjoining were erected. As a protestant leader he was distinguished throughout the United Kingdom and the colonies. In the struggle against Home Rule he was remarkable for unwearied zeal, inspiring eloquence and controversial power. His motives were exalted, his character unstained. Stricken by a sudden illness, he passed away amid manifestations of universal grief at his loss and his remains were interred in the City Cemetery. This tablet was erected by his parishioners, Aug 1899.

Elizabeth Helen Lanyon died 09 Jul 1858 aged 41 years. "They rest from their labours." To perpetuate the remembrance of her many labours of love and her care for the young, the fatherless and the widow, this tablet is erected by members of the congregation of Christ Church and others.

Lewis See Byrtt

Fratribus carissimis atque amantissimis. The Rev. Samuel John McClean, A.M., Fellow and Junior Dean of Trinity College, Dublin, died 27 Nov 1835 aged 33 years. "They saw him silently growing in humility, in watchfulness, in zeal, in devotedness of spirit, in love. They had no doubts therefore, or fears for him." Bishop O'Brien, of Ossory. Multis ille bonis flebilis occidit. His brother Francis Robert McClean, Esq., died 01 May 1846 aged 45 years. To the building of the Magdalene Church and Christ Church schoolhouses, he lent much aid. "Jesus said unto her, thy brother shall rise again." John 11, 23

Miller See Newman

This tiling is placed here by Mrs Annie Steen, organist, to the glory of God and in loving memory of her parents Horatio Townsend Newman and Maria Hutton Miller, also of her sisters Marion and Florence Edith, and her brother Albert Edmund, 02 Jul 1933.

"I know that my Redeemer liveth."
In the churchyard of Drumbo, Co. Down, are interred the remains of Michael Thomas Sadler, Esq., M.P.; born at Snelston, Derbyshire, 1780 ; died at The Lodge, Belfast, 29 Jul 1835. Senator, orator, philosopher, philanthropist, patriot, poet and Christian, he vindicated for God and truth the "Law of Population"; he laboured for the amelioration of the factory system; he pleaded for Protestantism, for the young & the poor. To Ireland he was ever a benefactor & friend. His writings illustrate his wisdom, spirituality and benevolence, and this marble would record the charm of his conversation, the sincerity of his friendship, and the unspotted tenor of his life, and the holiness of his death.

Steen See Newman

To the glory of God and in loving memory of the Reverend Lawrence Parsons Story, B.A., Rector of this Parish in 1926. This window was erected by parishioners past and present, members of the 44th Belfast Boys Brigade Company and their friends.

In the Belfast Cemetery, Antrim Road, repose the remains of James Stuart, Esq., LL.D., historian, polemic and poet, author of "History of Armagh", Protestant Layman", "Poems", etc.; he died 28 Sep 1840. If wit and worth, in combination rare, If taste the purest, affluence of thought, If fancy fair as hues from Heaven caught E'er merited embalming verse, if e'er Exalted friendship, tried for many a year And still found steady, hath the manner taught A strain of reverence, hither be it brought And poured, with feeling deep, on Stuart's bier. Well may she mourn, for much he loved the muse. Historian, poet, orator, divine- Ah! ill thy country can afford to lose Wisdom and lore, and eloquence like thine; But from the field the veteran has been freed And more than mortal glory is his meed. By Rev. John D. Hull.

Mary, many years the wife of James Stuart, Esq., LL.D., died on the 15 Nov 1853 aged 73 years. The wife and widow of one so gifted and so useful in this generation, herself worthy, claims remembrance. The grave historian pens the deeds of old, Himself to vanish as a tale when told; The bold polemic wields Ithuriel's spear, Then stands where crowns, and harps, and palms appear. And love to cheer his earthly soil is given Whose night on earth is endless day in Heaven.

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