This is a very impressive tablestone grave and has the following engraved text:
Here is interred the Rev. James
Mair late Min. of the Associate Con
gregation in this place, who died
the 8th Jan. 1774 in the 34th year of his
ministry in said congragation and 74
of his age.
He was an active, faithful and
successful min. zealous for the ......(unreadable)
impartial in the exercise of dis
cipline and steady in his adherence
to the principles of the Church of Scotland.
In private life a man of candour
and simplicity without ostentation
pious and devout geven to hospita
lity, a warm friend , an affectionate
husband, an indulgent parent.
Psalm (?)6 and 9
My flesh shall rest in hope
Also two of his sons are here
interred, James who died 28(or 9) October 1747
aged 10 months
and Patk(or r) who died 10th Oct. 1756(or 0), aged 8 years
Erected to their memories
his son Thomas 16th July 1774
According to Sheila A Scott's book Peeblesshire Monumental Inscriptions-pre 1850 this Thomas died on the 16th July 1817 aged 74. However there is no mention of this on the tablegrave itself as far as I can see but parts of the stone are hidden from view due to other graves placed very close to it.
On one side of this splendid tablestone grave is a smiling Winged Spirit, beautifully carved with wonderful detail in the hair and wings. She had to be photographed on the diagonal as another grave is quite close. Once it's warm enough to lay on the grass I'll try laying on the grass and see if I can't get a better photograph. She really deserves to be shown in all her glory.
On the other side is a skull and probably crossbones but as you can see There is absolutely no chance of getting inbetween this tablestone grave and the obelisk standing right next to it to take a picture of the skull. This is just about the best view of it I could get. It seems very strange to have another grave monument this close, specially as the people commemorated on the obelisk seem to bear no family relationship to the Reverend.