Saturday, 9 June 2012

John Smellie (I think!)

As you can see it's not longer possible to read the information on this gravestone as it has fallen over long ago. But it's situated right next to the Hunter grave monument (posted earlier) and that led me back to Sheila A. Scott's book Peeblesshire Monumental Inscriptions and from that I am fairly sure that this stone belongs to John Smellie, tenant Soutmains, who died on the 27th October 1880 aged 69 as well as to his wife Margaret Brown who died 18th June 1843 aged 72. However at least one of these dates is almost surely wrong as otherwise Margaret must have married a veritable toybox with a 40 year age difference. This seems to be highly unlikely! Not impossible, I grant you, but sadly unless this stone gets back on its feet we'll never know.

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