Thursday, 13 October 2011

William Balfour

Stone is located close to the wall separating the graveyard from the Lower Green.

The text reads as follows:

Sacred to the memory

of William Balfour

who died 14th March 1850

aged 47 years


his son, William Balfour

who died 4th February 1850

aged 18 years


his father Robert Balfour

who died 14th February 1844

aged 95 years.

It might be fanciful of me but perhaps William Balfour senior died of a broken heart after the premature death of his young son.

Strangely this gravestone doesn't get a mention in Sheila A Scott's book Peeblesshire Monumental Inscriptions despite being well within the pre-1855 period.

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