Blake Mausoleum

Kilboght Graveyard

Peggy Doherty

Blake Mausoleum 2021
Fergal McNamara
Blake Mausoleum, Kilboght 2023
Fergal McNamara

According to Samuel Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary of Ireland from 1837, a nunnery is said to have been founded by St. Patrick for his sister, St. Richella, at Kilboght, near Kilrickle in County Galway. In the 12th century, the Whaley family founded a monastery for the Third Order of Franciscans, the remains of which are still visible. Kilboght in Irish is “Cill Bhocht” and means Church of the Poor. This presumably originated with the Friars and their tradition of hospitality towards the poor and sick, like St. Francis of Assisi, their founder.

Blake Mausoluem

The Blake Mausoleum is located in Kilboght graveyard and was dedicated to the memory of James Henry Blake who died in 1841, by his wife Maria Louisa Blake. Maria was the sister of Henry Blake, the local landlord who was the owner of the nearby 367-acre Dartfield estate. Henry died in 1851, and in his will named Maria as the administratix of the estate. She and their one child, Emilia, seem to have lived most of their lives outside of Ireland, though continued to manage the estate. She died at her Chelsea home in 1876. Her remains are contained in the mausoleum along with those of her husband.

Hardy Family

Two members of the Hardy family are also buried in the mausoleum, Joseph Hardy and his son James. Joseph Hardy, a grazier, was living at Dartfield which by 1873 was an estate of 1,304 acres.  By 1880, he was grazing some 6,000 acres for five landlords, a practice that flourished in post-Famine Ireland, whereby landlords, frustrated by low yields from small farms and difficult tenants found it to their advantage to let out large parts of their estates to be grazed with cattle. The Hardys eventually acquired Dartfield estate, which is how Joseph and his son came to be buried here.


At the central apex of the mausoleum, the following incised inscription can be found:

[Image of a Latin Cross]


Sacred to

the Memory of

James Henry Blake

late of St Stephens Green

Dublin Barrister at Law

who departed this life on the 4th

of August 18 [space] in the year of his age

Talents of a varied and transcendent

order combined with a mild and amiable

disposition and inflexible integrity of character

raised him to the highest estimation in his profefsion

This mausoleum has been erected by his afflicted

widow as a resting place for his honoured remains and as a

melancholy tribute of affectionate respect to his beloved memory

Seio enim quod Redemtor mens vivit Job

Requiem pat III

This page was added on 27/11/2023.

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