NS4673 : The Auchentoshan Enclosure (detail)

taken 6 years ago, near to Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The Auchentoshan Enclosure (detail)
The Auchentoshan Enclosure (detail)
These old stones are located within NS4673 : The Auchentoshan Enclosure; see that picture for context. On page 105 of John Bruce's "History of the Parish of West or Old Kilpatrick" (1893) is a drawing of the two stones (their tops are at the lower right in my photograph).

The markings on the nearer stone are still easy to pick out, with the sun behind them.

The other stone is harder to decipher; the book shows a shield (visible in the photo), with the letters "WH.I" above (the W and H are still faintly visible), and the date 1666 at the top (not at all visible in the photo). William Hamilton of Auchentoshan married Jean, daughter of John Stirling of Law. The 1666 stone was his tombstone (see page 255 of Bruce's book). The initials would presumably have read "WH.IS", for Hamilton and his wife. The nearer stone has, on its lower half (which is on the left in my photo), a shape with a shield-shaped centre, and with a heart inside that shield; the arms of Hamilton of Barns have similar features (see [Bruce], page 279).

The lands of Auchentoshan were located ESE of here; from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century, Auchentoshan House stood at NS484207252. The name remains familiar through the presence of the nearby NS4772 : Auchentoshan distillery.
Old Kilpatrick Parish Church
The church was built in 1812 on more or less the same spot as its predecessor (the latter was a pre-Reformation church; it was of great age, although the precise period in which it was built is unknown).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Place (from Tags)
Old Kilpatrick 
Period (from Tags)
17th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4635 7306 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.5596N 4:27.6418W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4635 7307
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