Huguenot Graveyard, Dublin 2

The Huguenot Cemetery is a small cemetery dating from 1693. It opened by non- conformist Huguenots and restored in 1988 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Those buried there are descendants of Huguenots who fled persecution in France following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which had guaranteed religious freedom.
Huguenots were French Calvinist Protestants who constantly bickered with the Catholic majority in France from the mid 16th century. They endured the murder of 20,000 of their followers during the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572.
A trickle of Huguenot refugees began to arrive in Ireland from about 1630 onwards. The trickle became a flood when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
The Huguenots quickly established a thriving community in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland based on their skills in textiles, watchmaking and finance. Within a short time they had become an integral part of the commercial and civic life of Dublin.
It is today cared for by Dublin City Council, although the cemetery is not open to visitors, it is visible through the railings and a list of 239 surnames of those buried is inscribed on the wall plaque.


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