NS4763 : Robert Tannahill's grave

near to Paisley, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

Robert Tannahill's grave
Robert Tannahill's grave
The grave of Paisley poet and song-writer Robert Tannahill (see NS4763 : Robert Tannahill's Cottage and NS4763 : Birthplace of Robert Tannahill) is located in Castlehead Cemetery in Canal Street; see LinkExternal link

Tannahill often suffered from depression; at the age of 35, he committed suicide, drowning himself in the Candren Burn, near the Paisley Canal.

Carved beneath the inscription is the bardic symbol of a harp. The inscription itself reads:

Born 3rd June 1774
Died 17th May 1810
Erected over the remains of the poet
Robert Tannahill's grave
The poet Robert Tannahill died in 1810. The site of his grave, in the kirkyard of the West Relief Church (now Castlehead Church), went unmarked until a memorial was erected there by public subscription in 1867.
Castlehead Church and churchyard
The church, on Canal Street, was built as the West Relief Church. It opened in 1782, and its first minister, Patrick Hutchison, was inducted on the 22nd May 1783. The date 1781 appears on the building's eastern wall. It later became Canal Street United Presbyterian Church, and then Castlehead Church. The poet Robert Tannahill is buried in the churchyard. For further information, see LinkExternal link (at HappyHaggis), which has useful transcriptions of the memorials in the churchyard.
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