The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

Cleland Mausoleum (Dundonald Co.Down)

Limestone mausoleum built 1842.  Square in plan with a canted-stepped podium.  A Doric temple front with crowning urn finials supports an Ionic cupola complete with box tomb.  Lugged inscription plaque to east elevation reads:

'This mausoleum was erected by Eliza Cleland to the memory of her husband Samuel Cleland of Stormount, Esq. who died the 20th May 1842 aged 34 years.  His earthly remains with of his parents and several of his progenitors are here entombed'.

 

Year Built

1842

History

Samuel Cleland, was son of ‘Black John’ Cleland, agent of the Castlereagh estates.


The Cleland Mausoleum is noted for being the tallest such tomb in Northern Ireland.  Curl notes the mausoleum is an obvious derivative of the Julli Monument at St. Remy in Provence.

Condition

Higher order plantlife and treelife recorded to the upper levels (2003).

The mausoluem is listed on the official NI buildings at risk register.

Sources

RSJ Clarke, Gravestone Inscriptions: County Down.  Ulster-Scot Historical Society (1966-1998).

J Beattie, The Mausolea of County Down and Greater Belfast.  Unpublished Dissertation, Queens University Belfast (2003).

JS Curl, Mausolea in Ulster.  Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (1978).

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Location

Dundonald CofI Graveyard

Church Green

Dundonald

County Down

Northern Ireland

BT16 2LP

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