NS2676 : Memorial to Thomas Fairrie

taken 7 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Memorial to Thomas Fairrie
Memorial to Thomas Fairrie
The memorial is topped by a tall obelisk of pink granite, but the structure as a whole is largely obscured by trees. The inscription visible in the photograph reads as follows:

"Erected in Memory of Thomas Fairrie,
merchant in Greenock,
who died tenth September MDCCCLVIII
in the sixty-fourth year of his age

A Christian philanthropist and public benefactor,
he served his own generation in the education of the young,
the relief of the poor, and the furtherance of the gospel
at home and abroad."

The Fairrie family were prominent in the local sugar refining industry; a certain Mr James Fairrie had started a sugar refinery in Greenock as far back as 1797.

R.M.Smith, in his "History of Greenock" (1921) wrote that "to Mr Thomas Fairrie, who died in 1858, belongs much of the credit for special educational efforts during his lifetime"; he quotes a minister as saying that "there was no other man who did so much for the cause of education in Greenock long before the days of School Boards". Smith goes on to write that "Mr Fairrie also instituted a number of Sunday Schools and maintained several missionaries". He also left a legacy of 100 to Greenock Library (which by that time was housed in the Watt Monument Building: NS2776 : Watt Monument Library); the sum was mainly used to purchase reference books.

Beside the base of this memorial is one commemorating Fairrie's wife Jane Martin (eldest daughter of William Martin), whom he married in 1832. She died on the 22nd of March, 1847, after several years' illness.

The location is point of interest № 9 on the Red Walk in the "Greenock Cemetery Walks" booklet (see the end-note).
Greenock Cemetery
The cemetery, which is laid out on Bow Hill, opened in 1846. For detailed information, see the Geograph article "Greenock Cemetery" Link and, for a map and useful guide, the booklet "Greenock Cemetery Walks" LinkExternal link (PDF) produced by East End Advisory (funded by Inverclyde Council); the PDF link works, as of January 2016.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 28 June, 2012
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2665 7605 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7677N 4:46.6511W
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