The late 16th century limestone font from the parish church of Dunboyne (ME050-021001-), which was first described by Butler c. 1749 (1892, 15-16), is still functioning in the present Church of Ireland church (Roe 1968, 46-8). It is octagonal (ext. dim. 0.68m; H 0.51m) with a flat-bottomed basin (int. diam. 0.48m; D 0.22m) and chamfered under-panels. The shaft (H 0.34m) is octagonal on top with plain stops on four of its sides merging into a rectangle at the bottom (dims 0.4m x 0.4m), which rests on a modern base (total H 1.05m). The inscription in initials is in false relief and runs across four of the upper panels. It reads: S.W. / C.E.B. / I. (or J) W. / 1579. A second font (ME050-021006-) is kept in the porch.
Compiled by: Michael Moore
Date of upload: 13, April, 2015Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.