Historic Environment

Relignaman Women's Graveyard

Quarry Road
BT79 9JX

Additional information

Open to the public:

Yes, entry is free (Sometimes public access is restricted due to works for example. Check before you visit)

Grid reference:
SM number:
TYR 036:022

About Relignaman Women's Graveyard

A small, irregularly-shaped enclosure has a grass-grown tumbled wall and small, uninscribed stones and mounds marking graves. Traditionally only women were buried here: no dead man or living woman was meant to enter the enclosure. The monument in its present form is difficult to date closely but the use of the site may be very ancient. There was a pre Norman church at Carrickmore and traditionally Relignaman (which means 'the women’s graveyard’) originated from St Columba’s insistence that a wicked woman should be buried out of earshot of his bell. At Carrickmore there were also special burial grounds for children and for people who had died violently.

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Relignaman Women's Graveyard
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