Burial (Ireland) Act 1868

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1868 c. 103


Burial (Ireland) Act, 1868

(31 & 32 Vict.) C A P. CIII.

An Act to amend the Law which regulates, the Burials of Persons inIreland not belonging to the Established Church.

[31st July 1868]

W HEREAS it is expedient to amend the Law of Burial inIreland:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Where Burials of Persons not belonging to United Church of England and Ireland take place in Burial Grounds of such Church, Priest, &c. of other Denomination may perform Service.

1 Where Burials of Persons not belonging to United Church of England and Ireland take place in Burial Grounds of such Church, Priest, &c. of other Denomination may perform Service.

1. That whenever after the passing of this Act any Person who at the Time of his or her Death shall not have been a Member of and in communion with the United Church ofEngland and Ireland shall be buried, as of Right, within any Churchyard or Graveyard, the Soil or Freehold whereof shall be vested in any Rector, Vicar, or other Incumbent, it shall be lawful for the Priest or Minister of the Religious Denomination to which such Person shall have belonged at the Time of his or her Death, and he is hereby empowered, to attend such Burial, and to read such Prayers or perform such Burial Service at the Grave in such Churchyard or Graveyard as is usual and customary at Burials of Persons belonging to such Religious Denomination; and any Person wilfully obstructing such Prayers or Burial Service shall be deemed guilty of a Misdemeanor: Provided always, that such Prayers shall not be read nor such Burial Service performed either wholly or in part during the Time of the Celebration of Divine Service or any Rite or Ceremony of the said United Church, or during the catechising or other Instruction of Children or young Persons in the Church or Chapel to which such Churchyard or Graveyard belongs, nor within Half an Hour before the Commencement or after the Conclusion of any such Celebration, catechising, or Instruction, nor during the Time at which the Incumbent or Minister of such Church or Chapel, or any other Minister or other Ecclesiastical Person, shall be performing the Burial Service in such Churchyard or Graveyard, nor during the Performance of any other Burial Service therein: Provided...

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