Pupils delve into history at St Patrick’s, Cairncastle

By karen

Corey, Jazmin & Katie find Margaret Bailie's grave. Margaret lived to the age of 111!

Corey, Jazmin & Katie find Margaret Bailie’s grave. Margaret lived to the age of 111!

A group of Primary Five and Primary Six children from Cairncastle Primary School visited St Patrick’s Parish Church in Cairncastle on St Patrick’s Day to help celebrate the church’s 200th birthday.

The children listened to a presentation about the amazing story of the church, built in 1815, and then spent time exploring as they filled in a quiz.

Among the many historic treasures they found were the fabulous Spanish Chestnut tree – Cairncastle’s own ‘Whomping Willow.’ According to local folkore, this grew out of the grave of a sailor who was drowned in a shipwreck from the Spanish Armada in 1588. If true that makes this the oldest tree in Ireland with a known planting date!

Exploring the Spanish chestnut tree .

Other treasures included the stained glass window depicting St Patrick tending sheep on Slemish Mountain, the ancient Jonathan Swift font, linked to the writer of Gulliver’s Travels who was a minister locally in 1696.

The children also found the gravestone of local woman Margaret Bailie, who died in 1881 at the amazing age of 111! Something of a local celebrity, an early photograph of her …read more

Read the full article here: http://connor.anglican.org/2015/03/23/pupils-delve-into-history-at-st-patricks-cairncastle/

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