Cunningham Mausoleum

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The Cunningham Mausoleum is located in .The Knockbreda CofI Graveyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Classically inspired mausoleum built c.1797. Square in plan with a stuccoed finish. High base plinth supporting four Tuscan corner columns. Central round-headed inscription plaque with architrave and flanked by paired pilasters. Fluted urns and pyramidal finials on a curvilinear doomed roof.

The Cunningham Mausoleum is one of a group of three mausolea at Knockbreda attributed to Roger Mulholland widely regarded by scholars as the most architecturally unique group of mausolea in Ulster. James Stevens Curl suggests an Anglo-Indian connection citing the tombs of South Park Street Calcutta as possible inspiration for the Knockbreda group.

Conservation of this mausoleum was carried out by The Follies Trust in 2011.

The inscription reads 'Here are deposited the remains of Waddell Cunningham, Esq. whose integrity as a merchant, generosity as a patron and whose steadiness and hospitality as a friend will long be the objects of the most respectful and greatful rememberance. He died the 15th of December 1797 aged 68 years.

Within is interred Lousia Lydia Douglas, wife of the late Capt. Waddell Cunningham Douglas, late 17th Lancers, departed this life on the 26th December 1804 aged 82 years.

Within is interred Waddell Cunningham Douglas, son of James Douglas of Belfast. He died on the 29th of January 1803 aged 5 months. Also Elizabeth Douglas, wife of James Douglas, Esq., who died the 20th March 1842 aged 68 years. Also James Cunningham Douglas, late Captain 4th Dragoon Guards, departed this life November 20th 1891 aged 47 years. Also Waddell Cunningham Douglas, late Captain 17th Lancers, who departed this life October 2nd 1896 aged 86 years. Charles Douglas departed this life June 11th 1898 in the 52nd year of his age'.






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