This gravestone seems to vie with that of Margaret's one (see previous blogpost) for who was the most virtuous woman. In fact I'm assuming that Isabella was most likely Margaret's mother although John Lawson (her husband and Margaret's father) was married twice (see his gravesone on the previous blogpost. Here is the text (if you can bear it!!):
to the memory of
Mrs. Isabella Robertson
John Lawson Esq. of Cairnmuir
writer to the Signet (some sort of senior lawyer)
She died 27th August 1822
aged 42 years
Her husband and children
have inscribed a most Sincere
though imperfect Record
of her Many Virtues.
She was a dutiful daughter
A loving sister
a most affectionate wife
a tender Parent
a Kind Friend
a sincere Christian
Unaffectedly pious, human,
benevolent and charitable.
The price of a virtuous woman is for above rubies
The head of her Husband doth safely trust in her
She stretches out her hand to the poor, yea she
reacheth forth her hands to the needy
Her children arise up, and call her Blessed
Her husband also and he praiseth her
Prov. Chap 51st, verse 10, 11, 20 and 28.
The final grave monument in this small enclosure is the last one on the right hand side as you can see on the picture at the very top of this blog. The text says:
In memory of
Frederick William Watkins R.E
died 17 September 1874
Reverend John Watkins M.A.
died 9 August 1906
successive owners of Medwyn-head
last descendants of the Lawsons of Cairnmuir
to possess any part of the ancient inheritance
of that family.
Requiescant in Pace (May they rest in peace)
These must have been the sons of Margaret Spottiswoods Watkins (see my previous post) who was the daughter of John Lawson (also mentioned in the previous post. Her only brother (the heir, one must presume) died in Canada without any offspring, before she did, so she became the Lawson heir and passed this inheritance on to her sons. Neither of them seems to have had any offspring either.