|The Campanile (Bell Tower) of Trinity College.|
The cemetery is named for Luke Chaloner (also spelled Challoner; the inscription on his tomb sets it as Chaloner), one of three founding Fellows of Trinity College in 1592. Since Luke Chaloner's interment in 1613, the families of deceased College provosts down through history have had the option of having their loved one interred here in the vault under the chapel. The box tomb which replaced Chaloner's original tomb in 1798 marks his place of interment. There are also more recent burials in this space, forever connecting those interred to the campus where they once held sway over generations of students.
Most of the markers are so weather-worn they have only the shadow of an inscription left. Also, although there is no sign of such, according to Provost John Pentland Mahaffy, writing in 1903, the foot of Chaloner's tomb once bore alabaster replicas of Chaloner's arms. That must have been an interesting and rather curious sight. The vault also holds an alabaster effigy of Chaloner which his daughter had commissioned for the original chapel upon her father's death. When a new chapel was constructed (1787-98) the effigy was moved outside, and left subject to the vagaries of the weather. Suffice to say, sea air and alabaster do not mix well, and over time the sculpture was damaged by the weather. Eventually it was cut into two pieces and deposited into the vault via a slide.
|Cornered in from a different perspective.|
|Up the steps brings you to this special burial ground.|
Mahaffy, John Pentland.An Epoch in Irish History: Trinity College, Dublin, its Foundation and early Fortunes, 1591–1660. London,1903.
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