St. Mary the Virgin Parish Churchyard
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Located in the southwest corner of the village, the Anglican 'Parish
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin' is reputed to stand on the site of the
original monastery founded by Aidan in 635ad. Parts of the structure
date back to the 7th century, several hundred years before the
appearance of the Priory.
Whilst its main role is to serve the
small Island community it is also a year-around focus for tens of
thousands of visitors and pilgrims - Christian and others.
The Churchyard at St Mary's is particularly attractive and
beautifully kept by the Island folk. The statue of St Aidan is by
Kathleen Parbury who is herself buried here.
The following are commemorated on the Lindisfarne War Memorial:
George Cromarty Douglas
Sergeant 901664, 124 Field
Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 20th June 1942. Aged 23. Son of
Thomas and Isabella Douglas, of High Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne,
who are buried in St Mary's Curchyard.
Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. George
Private 30732, 2nd/4th Battalion, East Lancashire
Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders.
Aged 19. Born and resident Holy Island, enlisted Alnwick. Son of
Thomas and Sarah Cromarty, of Front St., Holy Island, Beal,
Northumberland. Formerly 39991, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. A
Mary Cromarty married Able Seaman James Douglas in St Mary's in
The Douglas family of Lindisfarne
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