Saturday, 29 October 2011

Donald Mitchell

This gravestone is to the side of the Spitalhaugh burial enclosure (about which more in the very near future. The text states:

In Memory of

Donald Mitchell

shepherd Whitfield who died 24th Feb. 1868

aged 30 years



his daughter, wife of Lawrence Forrest

who died at West Linton 28th June 1880

aged 20 years.

Maggie must have been 8 years old when her father died and married early only to die, like him, when very young. There might have been more text at the bottom but there is now no sign of it anymore and moss has taken over. It seems logical to assume Maggie's mother must have been buried there too but sadly we will now never know.

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