Monday, 24 October 2011

The Lawson Burial Monument 2

This is another view of the gate into the Lawson Burial building. See my previous blogpost for more pictures of this and the first 2 monuments set into the wall. Here are the other two.

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

wife of

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

and the

Reverend John Watkins M.A.

died 9 August 1906

successive owners of Medwyn-head

and the

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.

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