NS4076 : The White Memorial

taken 12 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The White Memorial
The White Memorial
This memorial to several generations of the White family of Overtoun is located in NS4076 : Dumbarton Cemetery. The text in the panel on the near side of the memorial is divided into three columns; the central column reads:

"James White of Overtoun, died at Overtoun, 8th March 1884, aged 71. 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life' John vi 47, Matthew xxv 21. // Fanny Campbell, wife of James White of Overtoun, died at Overtoun, 18th January 1891, aged 78. 'Her children arise up and call her blessed' Prov xxxi 28."

James White (NS6065 : Statue of James White of Overtoun), for whom NS4276 : Overtoun House was built, was a wealthy industrialist. On his wife, Fanny Campbell, see NS4076 : Memorial to the Campbells of Barnhill.

The right-hand column of text reads as follows:

"John Campbell White, Baron Overtoun of Overtoun, died 15th February 1908, aged 64. 'Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might' Eccl ix 10. // His beloved wife, Grace Eliza McClure, Baroness Overtoun, died at Crosslet, 16th September 1931, aged 86. 'She hath done what she could' Mk xiv 8."

The inscription does not spell out the family relationships, but John Campbell White was the son of James White. He was the first and only Baron Overtoun, but is more generally referred to as "Lord Overtoun"; see NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge. Crosslet, where his wife died, is located not far to the south-east of the cemetery: NS4175 : Crosslet House.

The left-hand column of text says:

"Jane Campbell White, died at Hayfield, 28th July 1862, aged 15 years. // Elizabeth Campbell White, died at Overtoun, 9th September 1871, aged 17 years. // Isabella Bell, a faithful and devoted nurse for 35 years, died at Overtoun, 25th November 1876, aged 68."

Jane and Elizabeth were presumably daughters of James White and Fanny Campbell (the couple had six daughters and one son). Hayfield, mentioned here, was the original home of James White; his son, John Campbell White, the future Lord Overtoun, was born there. The house and estate of Hayfield were located at NS60696230, in what is now an industrial estate at Shawfield, near Rutherglen. The chemical works that would make the family wealthy stood at Shawfield, immediately to the south of Hayfield.

Below the panel are two more lines of text:

"John Douglas Campbell White, of Overtoun, died at The Oaks, Harrow-on-the-Hill, 25th March 1940, aged 68 years."

John Douglas Campbell White was the nephew of Lord Overtoun; he was a doctor, based in London, and he published works on what were then called social diseases (i.e., sexually-transmitted diseases). He bequeathed Overtoun House to the people of Dumbarton; compare NS4075 : East End Park - the southern entrance, where the same Dr White is named as one of the benefactors.
Dumbarton Cemetery

The cemetery was formally opened on the 4th of October, 1854, replacing the overcrowded parish churchyard. See the Geograph article "Dumbarton Cemetery" Link for a detailed discussion. For biographies of many of those buried here, and for descriptions of their memorials, see Donald MacLeod's "The God's Acres of Dumbarton" (1888), and the same author's "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events" (1898). By 2010, there was concern that Dumbarton Cemetery would run out of space within a decade; New Dumbarton Cemetery Link was subsequently created uphill from the existing cemetery, and opened at the end of December 2015.

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Date Taken
Friday, 2 April, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 9 February, 2011
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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James White of Overtoun  Lord Overtoun 
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