NS4673 : Memorial to John Stark

taken 4 years ago, near to Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Memorial to John Stark
Memorial to John Stark
"Sacred to the memory of the Rev'd John Stark, for thirty years minister of the United Presbyterian Congregation, Duntocher, born 23rd Nov'r 1827, died 18th Oct'r 1889; also of his wife Lalia Leishman, who died 2nd Dec'r 1888, aged 59 years."

John Stark was the fourth minister of the Burgher congregation in Duntocher; he was ordained in 1860. Following the death in 1869 of Robert Mitchell, minister of the Burgher congregation at Craigs, the congregations were united under the ministry of Mr Stark, and they met alternately in the two churches. A few years later, the manse was to be improved or replaced; unfortunately, the cost of this work grew beyond all expectations. Sale of the Craigs church, which was subsequently converted into housing, did not clear the debt, which had been increased on account of church renovation carried out in 1884.

John Stark died fairly suddenly in 1889, in his sixty-second year, the thirtieth of his ministry. He left 500 to be applied to reducing the above-mentioned debt, but the latter would continue to be a heavy burden on the congregation for years to come.

The surrounding gravestones make it awkward to show this memorial in its entirety from the side that bears the inscription and the minister's portrait (for which, see NS4673 : Memorial to John Stark: portrait detail). However, the NS4673 : Entrance to Old Kilpatrick Cemetery is visible in the background, giving some indication of context.

The stone is signed by the monumental sculptor: Peter Smith, Glasgow.
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
Friday, 4 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4633 7312 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.5915N 4:27.6631W
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