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by Dr William Roulston
"The value of gravestone inscriptions for genealogical research has never been in doubt. Before the nineteenth century they are occasionally the only evidence that a family has lived in a particular area; often they reveal the name of a hitherto unknown parent, spouse or child.
For the English and in particular the Scottish settlers arriving in Ulster in the early seventeenth century it was important to establish a new family grave, and for many people to-day great importance is attached to knowing where their forebears were finally laid to rest."
This article studies the seventeenth-century monumental inscriptions in the four western counties of Ulster - Donegal, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.