After the last post about the former Bishop’s Palace in Clogher, County Tyrone, here is a view of St Macartan’s, the cathedral which justified having an episcopal residence in this small Ulster village. There appear to be no traces of the early Christian cathedral founded here, according to tradition, in 490 on the instructions of St Patrick, nor of its medieval successor which by 1622 was described as ‘altogether ruinous’ and incapable of bearing a roof. Instead, the building dates from 1744 when commissioned by Bishop John Stearne from the little-known architect James Martin (who died the following year). Austerely symmetrical in design, the cruciform building has pedimented gables on the transepts and chancel, also on the west front but this is then topped by a square belfry tower with obelisks finials. Both the entrance door and the windows are round-headed, although a Venetian window can be found at the east end of the building. The surrounding graveyard has some handsome tombstones indicating this has long been used as a burial site.

7 comments on “Episcopal

  1. sylvia wright says:

    Please could you re-,send your post of the Bishops Palace Clogger? My 4th GT grandfather, RT Rev William Foster was Bishop of ogher

  2. sylvia wright says:

    Sorry, Bishops Palace, Clogher!

  3. jbc625@msn.com says:

    Superb tombstone!

  4. I’m unclear on the name of the Ulster village this cathedral is in …. I’d love to visit the graveyard.

  5. Emma Richey says:

    Thank you Robert – one day I shall get there in person.

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