Sunday, 5 February 2012

The Thomson family

This is a very impressive grave monument in the shape of an obelisk, crowned by an urn. It's very hard to know exactly where to start reading the text as it continued on all four sides. At the top it says: Thomas Thomson & Jeanne Alexander. Glasgow. And this is where I began:

In loving memory

of their daughter


born 17th February 1868, died 14th November 1875

an early deathbed is an early crown

for of such we know is the kingdom of heaven

Jeanne Alexander

died at Glasgow 4th Jan. 1919

in her 79th year

Thomas Thomson

eldest son of Robert and Isabella Thomson

died 6th March 1926, aged 93 years

loving memory of

Jennie Strachan Thomson

infant daughter of John Thomson

Lyne Lea, Mount Vernon, Glasgow

who died at Whim, Newlands

13th August 1886, aged 3 months

Also of the above

John Thomson

died at Lyne Lea, Mount Vernon, Glasgow

3rd August 1888, aged 40 years

James Robert Moffat

son of A R Moffat and Agnes Thomson

born at Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

died at Lyne Lea, Mount Vernon, Glasgow

12th Feburary 1885, aged 15 years

Agnes Thomson

widow of A.R. Moffat, died 1st Jan 1930

also Isabella T. Moffat, died 8th Nov 1938


affectionate remembrance of

Robert Thomson

formerly baker, West Linton

who died at Glasgow 25th April 1875

aged 65 years

Also John, his son

died 28th Nov 1837, aged 18 months

Isabella, his daugher

died 22nd July 1849, aged 11 years

also his wife

Isabella Thomson

died 11th March 1882, aged 72 years
Recognized by all her sons and daughters

as their best earthly friend

Also Isabella, their daughter died

at Lynwood, Liberton, 31st Oct. 1920

William, youngest son

died in Edinburgh, 31st July 1930


to the memory


George Graham

their father

late tennant South Mains

who died 27th Feb 1878

aged 87 years


Elisabeth Thomson

his wife

who died 3rd February 1863

aged 65 years

Also Marion Graham

their daughter died at Fountainside 20th Feb 1887

aged 55 years.

At the very bottom of the pedastal it simply says: waiting.

As you can see above the obelisk is located very close to the church itself, which means that Robert Thomson, the baker, must have been an important citizen, as well as being quite well off. The grave is surrounded by what must once have been a beautiful ironwork railing, although sadly it is falling into disrepair rapidly, and parts of it have collapsed.


Millpede said...

This is great! Thank you for posting it, as it's a useful record. I'm apparently a direct descendant of Robert Thomson. The practice of naming eldest sons alternately Robert and John continued until my father's generation, which had only daughters. The family has moved around a lot, but there are still links to Scotland, and I now live in Edinburgh.

C Thomson

Walter Robb said...

in the above
Isabella, his daugher
died 22nd July 1840, aged 4 years

Should read
Isabella, his daughter
died 22nd July 1849, aged 11 years

Frieda Oxenham said...

Thanks so much, Walter. I've changed the information.