NS2676 : Highland Mary Monument

taken 9 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Highland Mary Monument in this square
Highland Mary Monument
Highland Mary Monument
See NS2676 : Highland Mary Monument for an earlier picture. When the present photograph was taken, the memorial was better exposed to view. For its setting, see NS2676 : Site of the Highland Mary Monument. The panel above the base of the monument says:

'Erected over the grave of Highland Mary / 1842.
"My Mary, dear departed shade,
Where is thy place of blissful rest?"'

Little is known of the subject of this memorial, although it turns out that her given name was Margaret rather than Mary [see, for example, page 79 of Ian McIntyre's book "Robert Burns: A Life" (2009)].

The stone to the left of the base is shown in NS2676 : Old stone beside the Highland Mary Monument, and records that Highland Mary's remains were brought here from their original burial place (NS2776 : Original burial site of Highland Mary) in what was then the site of the Old West Kirkyard (NS2776 : Former site of the Old West Kirk); the church and kirkyard have been relocated since then: NS2777 : The Old West Kirk / NS2777 : Old West Kirk.

The stone to the right is shown in NS2676 : Old stone beside the Highland Mary Monument, and names Peter McPherson, who owned the lair in which Highland Mary was originally buried.

The Highland Mary Monument is location № 15 on the Blue Walk in the "Greenock Cemetery Walks" booklet (see the end-note). Another interesting memorial, NS2676 : The Watt Cairn, is located nearby.
Highland Mary Memorial

This monument commemorates Margaret Campbell (1763-86), Robert Burns' "Highland Mary". In 1920, her remains were brought here from the (original) Old West Kirkyard. The memorial was designed by William Mossman snr., and carved by his son John Mossman in about 1841.

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)
Saturday, 30 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Highland Mary  Robert Burns 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2651 7629 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8939N 4:46.7947W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2651 7629
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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