On 15 March 1873 a meeting was convened in Kilbride graveyard and presided over by Rev. F. C. Young, the Church of Ireland rector of Kilbride.

It was ‘unanimously agreed to build a permanent wall round said ground, and raise the amount for erecting the same from the persons who held burying in it. ‘ The names of those supporting this venture were published in A list of the persons who paid for building a wall round the Kilbride Burying-Ground which was printed by Arthur Cameron in Ballyclare.