(Large monument in large and high-railed enclosure)
Erected by Daniel Miskelly in memory of his son Jasper who died 5th Aug 1839 aged 33 years.Also his daughter Catherine Nicholson who died in New Orleans, 22 May 1831 aged 23 years.His grand-daughters: Charlotte Gerrard who died 11th Sept 1840 aged 5 years, 9 months, and Catherine Dillon who died 27th Sept 1842 aged 2 years, 8 months.His son James who died 8th Oct 1844 aged 33 years.His grand-son John Dillon who died 6th Aug 1845 aged 11 months.Also the above named Daniel Miskelly who died 22nd Sept 1845 aged 65 years.And his grand-daughter Eliza Dillon who died 14th Sept 1851 aged 2 years, 8 months.His wife Catherine Mary who died 2nd July 1858 aged 86 years.and her son-in-law James Skene who died 9th March 1862 aged 47 years.Also her daughter Charlotte Catherine, wife of James Skene, who died 4th April 1872 aged 61 years.And her daughter Isabella Gerrard who died 26th March 1885 aged 75 years.Requiescant in pace.
(Daniel Miskelly hired post chaises, gigs, jaunting cars and horses from his home at 30 Pottinger's Entry, Belfast from December 1809 until April 1819 when he moved to the "Buck's Head Tavern" at 1 Rosemary Street.He had started a coach service to Holywood in 1810, and an undertaker's business in 1817.At the corner of Rosemary Street and 1 North Street, he continued his hiring business as well as being a publican, and in 1822 it became the coaching office for the Coleraine, Ballymena and Randalstown Coaches;Jasper took it over in about 1830.In the 1820s, also, Daniel started a hotel there, from which the Union Coach plied to and from Cookstown, the Lark Coach to Ballymena, the Waterloo Coach to Randalstown, and the Antrim Coach to Antrim;in addition he started a spirit store, coach factory (soon to be called the Chichester Coach Factory), posting establishment and funeral undertaker's establishment at 18 Chichester Street.By 1835 he had opened a branch at 9 Montgomery Street.
Shortly before Jasper's death in 1839 the "Stag Inn" (as it was now called) and Coach Office at the corner of 1 Rosemary Street and 2 North Street, was taken over by James Skene, husband of Daniel's step-daughter Charlotte Catherine, and one Archibald Reid bought the Chichester Coach Factory, Daniel by that time living at Bunkershill, Strandtown.For a short time in the early 1840s, James Miskelly ran a posting establishment at 3 Montgomery Street.
James Skene remained proprietor of the "Stag's Head Inn" until his death, the coaching agency being given up in the late 1840s owning to the development of the railway system.
The will of James Skene, late of North Street, in the town of Belfast, innkeeper, who died on 9th March 1862 at the same place, was proved at Belfast on 5th May 1862 by the oath of Charlotte Skene, of North Street, Belfast, the sole executrix.
The will (with six codicils) of Charlotte Catherine Skene, late of North Street and York Street, Belfast, widow, who died on 4th April 1872 at Belfast was proved at Belfast on 26th April 1872 by the oaths of the Right Reverend Patrick Dorrian, R.C. Bishop of Down and Connor, Alexander McAllister, architect and William Spiller Esquire, all of Belfast, the executors. Effects under £8,000.
Mrs Skene was a step-daughter of Daniel Miskelly, and her first husband was one James Doherty, her second husband being James Skene.Her will, three pages in length, is an extremely detailed and informative document.she directed the £100 be invested and the interest be used to maintain the graves of Daniel Miskelly, K. T. Buggy (q.v.) and Head Constable James Macauley (q.v.)She also bequeathed £100 to each of the leading Catholic churches, convents, schools and orphanages in Belfast.She left £200 to Alexander McAllister who was a family friend.He was one of the leading Catholic architects in Belfast from the 1850s to the 1880s, and amongst his better known designs were Tedford's Chandler's Stoes, Donegall Quay, the Good Shepherd Convent, Ormeau Road, and St Matthew's Church, Newtownards Road.William Spiller was Mrs. Skene's nephew and was the manager of the National Bank in High Street, Belfast.She also left £100 to one Charles Doherty, cabinet-maker, Bridge Street, Coleraine.
The will of Isabella Gerrard, late of 37 Ponsonby Avenue, Belfast, widow, who died on 26 March 1885 at the same Place, was proved on 17th April 1885 at Belfast by Alexander McAllister, of Belfast, architect, the sole exector.Effects £266 17s 1d.)
(In low railing, beside east wall)
In memory of James Miskelly, who died 26th April 1866 aged 80 years.And his son Thomas who died 10th Dec 1848 aged 16 years. And also Ellen his wife who died 5th November 1870 aged 74 years.And his son John who died 17th May 1895 aged 77 years. And also Annie Maguire, daughter of Andrew Maguire, who died 16th June 1931.
FRIAR'S BUSH GRAVEYARD - BELFAST