Rev Edward Hincks DD

A Plaque on the Church wall


The most famous clergyman of our parish was the Rev Edward Hincks DD (1792-1866). He was Rector from 1825-1867. He had a great interest in ancient languages and was a scholar and acknowledged expert on Egyptian hieroglyphics, all of which he deciphered at the nearby rectory, where they were brought to him.



In 1835, he supervised the unrolling of Takabuti at Belfast Natural History Society. He deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs, which revealed she was mistress of a great house. He never visited the ruins, but there is a bust of him at the entrance to the Cairo Museum, erected in 1908. His headstone can be seen in the graveyard and there is a stained glass window in his memory behind the Holy Table.