ST FINBARR’S CEMETERY CORK
I could be wrong but James Clery was a wine merchant.
The name Ua Cléirigh is considered by many to be one of the earliest surnames recorded in Ireland. In the centuries since it has been anglicised in various forms either to; O’Clery, O’Cleary, Clery, Cleary, Clary or as a full translation of the name into Clark, Clerk or Clerke, Clarke.
I often wondered why many gravestones and monuments have “v” instead of “u” but did not investigate until this week … bost buildings that encompass Roman-style architecture use the Latin alphabet, which only had 23 letters at one time, not including the letter U. The “U” sound still existed, but it was represented with the letter V.
St. Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork, Ireland, is the city’s largest and one of the oldest cemeteries in Ireland which is still in use.
Located on the Glasheen Road, it was first opened in the 1860s. The entrance gateway was erected circa 1865, and the mortuary chapel consecrated in 1867.
Many of the early burials were of the wealthy citizens of the city. Unlike older cemeteries, St. Finbarr’s was professionally laid out with numbered pathways and wide avenues.