St. John’s Cemetary

St. John’s Cemetary

St. John’s Cemetary

Here you will find the ruins of the Kells priory of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem (founded in Italy in 1113 to protect pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem).

 

The priory was founded by Walter De Lacy, son of Hugh De Lacy (first Norman lord of Meath) in 1199.

 

Of interest in the graveyard is a medieval grave slab depicting a lady wearing a linen wimple and carrying a “tau” stick in her right hand, known locally as “the Abbess”, although this more realistically is probably a knight of the priory in full chain mail.

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