NY0269 : The gravestone of Robert Paterson ('Old Mortality')

taken 7 years ago, near to Bankend, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

The gravestone of Robert Paterson ('Old Mortality')
The gravestone of Robert Paterson ('Old Mortality')
This gravestone for Robert Paterson is in Caerlaverock Parish Churchyard at Bankend. Paterson spent many years maintaining inscriptions and erecting memorials to the Covenanting martyrs. He met Sir Walter Scott who came up with the name ‘old Mortality’ that was used in his novel of the same name. The stone was erected by Scott’s publishers in 1869. The stone has the following inscription:-

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
ROBERT PATERSON,
THE
OLD MORTALITY
OF
SIR WALTER SCOTT,
WHO WAS BURIED HERE
FEBRUARY 1801.

WHY SEEKS HE WITH UNWEARIED TOIL
THROUGH DEATH’S DIM WALKS TO URGE HIS WAY,
RECLAIM HIS LONG-ASSERTED SPOIL,
AND LEAD OBLIVION INTO DAY.
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Saturday, 8 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 10 May, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0245 6916 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.4443N 3:31.6080W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0245 6916
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