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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.



Gravestone 1 Gravestone 2 Gravestone 3 Gravestone 4
Isabella and
Thomas Douglas
Sarah and
Joseph Douglas
Richard and Esther
Douglas and
their daughters
Olwyn, daughter of
William and
Margaret Douglas
Plants: image 2 0f 4 thumb War memorial St Mary's Drysdale gravestone
St Mary's War memorial St Mary's Church A Drysdale gravestone



Research notes:

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 Douglas Cromarty
    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 1941.


    See also:

  • The Douglas family of Lindisfarne


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