NS3878 : Millburn Kirkyard: southern wall

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

Millburn Kirkyard: southern wall
Millburn Kirkyard: southern wall
The large memorial at the centre of the photo has no identifying text, at least not to identify who is being commemorated. The only text to be seen is under the two niches: the name "Young" is under the one on the left, and "McArthur & McLaren" under the one on the right; these were presumably the monumental sculptors. Unfortunately, their work is gone, and the niches are empty.

The upright stone just to the right of the large structure was erected by Isabella McFarlane to commemorate her father, Peter McFarlane, and her mother, Janet Auchinvole.

Based solely on its neighbour, I can only speculate that the larger structure at the centre of the photograph commemorates David Auchinvole, J.P., but this is no more than a guess on my part. David Auchinvole was a joiner to trade, a lessee of the Leven fishings at Dalquhurn, and keen on shooting and curling (see page 35 of Donald MacLeod's 1891 work "Historic Families ... of the Lennox" for these details, and more; as mentioned there, NS3778 : Carman Reservoir, back when it was Carman Loch, used to be used for curling).
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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Monday, 22 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 November, 2012
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