Balmoral Cemetery, Belfast

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Balmoral Cemetery is a cemetery in the Malone area of South Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was opened in 1855 by Presbyterian church men Rev. Henry Cooke and Rev. Joseph Mackenzie, on land owned by Mackenzie, after they had been refused burial by a Church of Ireland rector in another cemetery. The cemetery was controlled by a board of trustees which included three Presbyterian ministers. While most of the burials were for Presbyterians, other denominations were buried there.[1]

Three Commonwealth soldiers (one each of British, Australian, and Canadian armies) of World War I are buried in the cemetery, their graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[2]

In 1953, the cemetery was taken over by Belfast Corporation, while not open for burials the cemetery is open for visitors.[1]

Notable burials

  • Reverend Joseph Mackenzie (1811–1883), Presbyterian Minister and co-founder of the cemetery
  • Reverend Henry Cooke (1788–1868), Presbyterian Minister and co-founder of the cemetery
  • Dr Wilberforce Arnold (1838–1891), founder of the Presbyterian Orphan Society
  • William Batt (1840–1910), architect
  • Prof. John Creery Ferguson (1802–1865) Physician and Fetologist, Professor of Medicine, Queen's College, Belfast[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Balmoral Cemetery Belfast City Council
  2. Cemetery Details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  3. JOHN CREERY FERGUSON 1802-1865 Physician and Fetologist by J.H.M. PINKERTON, M, Ulster Medical Journal 1981; 50: 10-20

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