Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Lawson family

This gravestone has lost its top which is laying behind it on the ground  (see below)and the words Erected in memory of can just be seen. It tells a tale of tragic loss of many children, which explains the inscription on the pedestal. Here comes the text:

Thomas Lawson who died
at Waterside 31st January 1852 aged 66 years
Mary Ritchie his wife who died at
Boghowse 24th March 1872 aged 60  years
Marion, Helen and Jane
who died in the prime of life. Also
George and John Lawson
who died in youth. Also
Helen granddaughter who died in infancy.
Archibald Lawson died at Edinburgh
18th March 1879 aged 52 years
and Charlotte Dunlop his wife
who died 27th June 1917 aged 80 years
also the children of Archibald
and Charlotte Lawson. Thomas Ritchie who
died at Kirkhill 12th May 1868 aged 6 months
Alexander Dunlop who died at Edinburgh
12 September 1870 aged 3 years
and Mary Ritchie who died at Edinburgh
6th July 1875 aged 6 years
Charles Archibald died 25th February 1877 aged 2 years
Marion Thomson died 5th November 1922

Finally on the bottom there is the following verse:

Suffer little children to come unto me
and forbid them not
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

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