NS3979 : Mausoleum of the Turnbulls of Place of Bonhill

taken 8 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Mausoleum of the Turnbulls of Place of Bonhill
Mausoleum of the Turnbulls of Place of Bonhill
Also shown in NS3979 : Mausoleum of the Turnbulls of Place of Bonhill; for context, see NS3979 : Bonhill Kirkyard: southern boundary wall, where this is the nearest of the visible structures. For the origins of the Turnbull family see NS3878 : The gravestone of Matthew Turnbull.

Place of Bonhill was a mansion house that had previously been the residence of the Smollett family. It was in 1806, some time after the Smolletts had vacated the house, that it became the residence of the Turnbulls: John Turnbull restored the house from its ruined state.

Place of Bonhill (the house) is gone, and the name is now applied to a road in that area NS3879 : Place of Bonhill; that road was previously called Turnbull's Loan (the spoken form of the name is Trummel's Loan: see the link just given).

As for the vault itself, there is a winged head above the entrance. Inside is the iron gate, several tablets, two crests, and the carved head of a bull: NS3979 : The Turnbull Mausoleum: interior.

Just out of shot to the right is the Arthur Vault. The Arthurs of Dillichip were connected to the Turnbulls by marriage (Robert Arthur was married to Marion Turnbull) and through business (the firm of Turnbull & Arthur carried on calico printing at Dillichip).

Various members of the Turnbull family were also associated with the pyroligneous works at Millburn, whose site is now occupied by NS3879 : Millburn Roads Depot.
Bonhill Parish Church

The existing church was built in 1835-36, replacing one built in 1747. See LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link at WoSAS for further details. An article LinkExternal link (PDF; 1 MB) by William Scobie provides historical background details, and much more information.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 July, 2013
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3950 7957 [10m precision]
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