This is the main gravestone in this enclosure and also the oldest one. As you can see from the previous post Helen Hamilton Ranken has two monuments to her name. This, the original one, explains just how important her position was as the heiress of a large estate (Spitalhaugh) which through her, came to her husband Sir William Fergusson.
Here is the full text:
Here lie the remains
Helen Hamilton Ranken
heiress of Spittlehaugh
and spouse of
Professor of Surgery
in King's College, London
born in Edinburgh 12th March 1806
died in London 19th June 1861
Charles Hamilton of Spitalhaugh
great-grand father of the above
4th son of John Hamilton of Gilkersgleugh
Lanarkshire, born 1696, died in August 1776
Jean Ramsay his spouse, daughter
of Andrew Ramsay of Abbotshall, Fifeshire
born 1714, died 11st Sept. 1797
Andrew Hamilton of Spitalhaugh
born 25th October 1753, died 3rd May 1807
born 18th May 1742, died 4th Oct. 1816
born 20th July 1743, died May 1804
and four other daughers who died young
Barbara, Elizabeth, Charles
This seems to say one of the daughers who died young was called Charles, normally a boy's name.
beloved wife of
Sir James R. Fergusson Bar't of Spitalhaugh (see next stone)
and daughter of
William Forbes Esq. of Medwyn
b. 1845, m. 1877, d. 1878
A very short marriage indeed!
In Memory of
Sir James Ranken Fergusson
2nd Baronet of Spitalhaugh
born 10 August 1835 died 28 October 1924
"After life's fitful fever he sleeps well"
There is still more to see in this enclosure and that will come in the next post.