NS4076 : Gravestone of Matthew Paul

taken 6 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Gravestone of Matthew Paul
Gravestone of Matthew Paul
"Sacred to the Memory of Matthew Paul, Engineer, died at Valeview, Dumbarton, 6th November 1893, in his 86th year; also his wife, Mary Whyte, died at Valeview, 10th Aug't 1898, in her 91st year; also their son James, accidentally drowned in the River Leven, July 1847, in his 10th year."

Donald MacLeod gives a biography of Matthew Paul on pages 157-160 of his "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events" (1898). He was born in Paisley in October of 1808. MacLeod goes on to describe his employment history in some detail (and so illustrates how he came to have experience in many fields). So far as his career concerns the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven area, Matthew Paul arrived in around 1837, when he took up employment as a mechanic at the Ferryfield and Dalmonach Works; he stayed there until 1847, when he moved to Dumbarton to found Matthew Paul & Co, which grew to become an important engineering and boiler-making business.

In 1832, he married Mary Whyte of Greenlaw, Paisley; the couple would celebrate their Diamond Anniversary in December of 1892.

Matthew Paul was Provost of the Burgh of Dumbarton from 1869 to 1871. Work on NS4477 : The Black Linn Reservoir scheme was started, but not completed, during his time in office. He was one of the founders of Dumbarton's Town Mission in 1869. See also NS3979 : The former Dalmonach School.
Dumbarton Cemetery

The cemetery was formally opened on the 4th of October, 1854, replacing the overcrowded parish churchyard. See the Geograph article "Dumbarton Cemetery" Link for a detailed discussion. For biographies of many of those buried here, and for descriptions of their memorials, see Donald MacLeod's "The God's Acres of Dumbarton" (1888), and the same author's "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events" (1898). By 2010, there was concern that Dumbarton Cemetery would run out of space within a decade; New Dumbarton Cemetery Link was subsequently created uphill from the existing cemetery, and opened at the end of December 2015.

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Friday, 27 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 December, 2014
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4091 7603 [10m precision]
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