NS3878 : The gravestone of Matthew Turnbull

taken 9 years ago, near to Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The gravestone of Matthew Turnbull
The gravestone of Matthew Turnbull
This is one of two stones in this kirkyard that mark the resting place of nieces of Highland Mary; for the other, see NS3878 : The gravestone of Mary Robertson.

The gravestone of Matthew Turnbull is located in the part of the kirkyard of NS3878 : Millburn Church that lies to the north of the ruined church. For another view of the church, see NS3878 : Millburn Church (ruin). An earlier view shows it intact: NS3878 : Millburn Church Renton.

The inscription notes that Matthew Turnbull died on the 13th of November 1891, aged 85, and that he had been Manager of Cordale until 1859. This is a reference to the Cordale Print Works, which were located on Cordale Point; see NS3978 : Footpath leading around Cordale Point.

The inscription also mentions "Ann Anderson, his beloved wife, who died 11th January 1859 aged 51 years"; she was a niece of Highland Mary, for whom see the NS2676 : Highland Mary Monument. For more details on this topic, see NS3878 : The gravestone of Mary Robertson.

As for the Turnbull family named here, they were remembered in the name of Turnbull's Loan ("Trummel's Loan" in speech; see NS3879 : Place of Bonhill). Maps now call that road Place of Bonhill, but that was properly the name of the family's home; see NS3979 : Site of old ferry crossing on the River Leven.

Donald MacLeod, in his "Historic Families ... of the Lennox" (1891), devotes a couple of pages to their history. He writes that they originally came from Bedrule (NT6017) in Roxburghshire, but that they moved to Lanarkshire where they were tacksmen of Blantyre Farm. MacLeod cites a document, dated 1654, which states that a certain James Turnbull was a tenant of the farm at that time. From about 1750 onwards, some of the Turnbulls established themselves as wood merchants in Govan, and then as Calico printers at Dawsholm. It was at the latter location that they became associated with the firm of William Stirling & Sons; that business association would continue here alongside the River Leven.
Millburn Church and Kirkyard

This was Millburn Free Church; whether it was the work of J T Rochead or George Meikle Kemp has been the subject of debate. See LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland) for its listed building report. The following account is from Donald MacLeod's "Historic Families ... of the Lennox" (1891): "In 1845 the late William Campbell, laird of Tullichewan, erected at his own expense the elegant small Gothic chapel of Millburn which is adorned with a fine ornate steeple and also secured ample ground around the same for sleeping place for the dead. This place of prayer was opened on December 14th, 1845."

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 15 August, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Highland Mary 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3878 7893 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.5721N 4:35.1137W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3878 7892
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