The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

Keown-Boyd Mausoleum

Stepped pyramidal mausoleum built c.1825.  Square in plan with a stepped pyramidal roof of four tiers.  Built of roughly dressed stone with contrasting rock-faced quoins and dressings.  Square-headed opening to the north-east elevation having a cast-iron single-leaf door. 

Year Built



No inscription
The Kneown-Bouyd mausoleum is virtually identical to the Sall Mausoleum at Downpatrick CofI Graveyard - the two are likely to have been built by the same hand.  The unpublished biographies of Ayneswerthy Pilson give a limited account of the life of Richard Keown whose father, Henry Keown, was a stonemason from the parish of Kilclief.  It is plausable to suggest that Henry Keown built the mausoleum at Kilclief as his family vault - one might therefore also attribute the Sall mausoleum at Downpatrick to his hand.


In excellent condition (2003).


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

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  Unpublished Dissertation, Queens University Belfast (2003).


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Kilclief CofI Graveyard

Shore Road


County Down

Northern Ireland

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