This is my fourth in my series of books on the old graveyards in North Antrim. Kilraughts is different from the others as it is not close to any village or town. It is unique in that most of the burials are Presbyterians or Reformed Presbyterians. The burials are also not only from the Kilraughts area but also Loughguile, Stranocum and some townlands around Ballymoney.
I have restricted the information of the family trees but fuller details are available on request.
The graveyard is still open for burials and is maintained by Ballymoney Borough Council.
I have also added at the end of the book names and locations of older families buried in Kilraughts 1st Presbyterian Churchyard and Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Churchyard. I can provide more information on these families.
No map of the churchyard was found and one doesn’t appear to ever have existed. As with Derrykeighan Old Churchyard, Bill Simpson has produced an accurate scale map. I have divided the map into sections for easier reading with a reference to each gravestone. However some of the positions of individual graves may not be exact.
For my research I have used church records and other local sources. S. Alexander Blair, the local historian, has produced several books on the history of the area. My book is based on the genealogy of the local families.
Sources used for my book
1660-1669 Hearth Money Rolls
1740 Protestant Householders’ Returns
1766 Religious Census
1803 Agricultural Census
1830-5, 1837-8 Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland: Parishes of County Antrim V, Vol. 16
1831 Tithe Applotment Book
1901 and 1911 Census of County Antrim
McClay transcription of the churchyards of Old Kilraughts, Kilraughts 1st Presbyterian and Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian.
Kilraughts : A Kirk and its People : S. Alexander Blair