NS2776 : Gravestone of William Davie

taken 6 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Gravestone of William Davie
Gravestone of William Davie
"Mark Davie
Portioner Aderston
To the memory of his
Father Wm Davie
who died 21st Jan'y
1826 aged 75"

(A "portioner" is the proprietor of a small piece of land that was formerly part of a larger estate.)

The MI records (see the end-note), in their transcription of this stone, have silently corrected "Aderston" to "Alderston", but I know of no such place.

My own opinion is that "Aderston" was mis-carved for "Anderston" (a district of Glasgow). Illustrating that this is at least plausible, the 1834-35 Post Office Directory for Glasgow has an entry for a certain "Davie, Mark Portioner, Stobcross street"; that street was in Anderston. Furthermore, when this stone was carved, in around 1826, Anderston had not yet been incorporated into Glasgow; it was still a burgh in its own right.

For views of the stone in context, see NS2776 : Inverkip Street graveyard and NS2776 : Inverkip Street graveyard.
Inverkip Street Burial Ground
This burial ground opened in 1787; the existing one at the Old West Kirk had, by then, proved too small for Greenock's growing population. See a Geograph article Link for a more detailed history. For all of the inscriptions, see "Renfrewshire MI pre-1855" (vol 1). The adjacent Duncan Street Burial Ground Link was created in 1816. These grounds were closed up in 1859, having been superseded by Greenock Cemetery: Link
The Inverkip Street Burial Ground is discussed in the last few pages of LinkExternal link (PDF).
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Monday, 8 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 1 August, 2013
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2739 7611 [10m precision]
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