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Groses's Antiquities of Ireland: - County Kildare in the 1790's

Gray Abbey

 

THIS plate exhibits the north-west view of the abbey. The roof at this end is totally decayed, but the walls and eastern windows remain nearly entire. On a gravestone in the church-yard is the following epitaph:

Gray Abbey - CLICK TO ENLARGE Here lies Jean Hay,
Who night and day
Was honest, good, and just;
Her hope and love
Was from above,
In which place was her trust.
Her spirit left her terrene part,
With joy to God, where was her heart.

On the 4th day of January, 1706 / 7.

THIS View was drawn by Lieutenant Daniel Grose, anno 1792.

(p. 83, Vol. II)
Grey Abbey Kildare - history of Grey Abbey is mistakenly included under Kildare Abbey (pp. 25-26, Vol. I).