Thursday, 10 November 2011

Spitalhaugh 3

Continuing the memorial tablets set into the wall of the Spitalhaugh burial enclosure this is the next in line. It's a very appropriate stone to commemorate during this week (tomorrow it will be the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the 11th year of this century). The text reads:

In dilectem memorial

James Adam Hamilton Fergusson

lieutenant H.L.I.

born 22nd March 1892

son of Sir James R. Fergusson Bar't

killed at the battle of the Aisne in France

20th September 1914

Dulce et decorem est pro patria mori

Which translates as: it is sweet and fitting to die for your country. The H.L.I. stands for the Highland Light Infantry, now no longer in existence as such.

This stone is leaning against the wall now but was once a tablet set into the wall just like the other ones in this and the previous post. The text reads:

Charles Hamilton Fergusson

Major Seaforth Highlanders

youngest son of

Sir William Fergusson Bar't

of Spitalhaugh

born May 27th 1849, died May 23rd 1918

The last stone reads:

Katherine Hamilton Fergusson

2nd daughter of

Sir William Fergusson Bar't

of Spitalhaugh

born 3rd November 1840 died 23rd December 1932

We'll leave this burial building now but we aren't quite finished with it yet! More in the next post.

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