NS2683 : Three sisters of Auchenvennel

taken 6 years ago, near to Rhu, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Three sisters of Auchenvennel
Three sisters of Auchenvennel
The memorial is in the kirkyard of NS2684 : Rhu Parish Church (and can be seen in that photograph). For additional context, see NS2683 : Three sisters of Auchenvennel. The main inscription reads:

"Here lyes intrred Ann Margrat and Janet McFarlands of Robert McFarland and Margrat of Achavenal 1728"

Later additions appear in smaller text below the figures.

The three sisters named in the main inscription, Ann, Margaret and Janet, born in the 1680s-90s, are represented in the carving. Searching for further details will turn up a tale about the girls dying for the sake of fashion, from a habit of being too tightly-laced: an implausible story that was clearly inspired by the narrow-waisted appearance of the carved figures, and which no doubt originated as a joke.

Auchenvennel (the later spelling) was a farmstead in Glen Fruin; see NS2888 : Glen Fruin, Auchenvennel and NS2888 : The remains of Auchenvennel.
Rhu Parish Church :: NS2684
The present-day church (1851), the third to stand on this site, is by William Spence, with later additions (c.1891) by Honeyman and Keppie; see its listed building report LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland) for further details. A portion of the wall of the second church (1763) survives in the kirkyard, where it forms part of a memorial to James Buchanan of Craigend Castle.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 20 September, 2012
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2675 8397 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.0343N 4:46.8611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2675 8397
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