Published in 1912 by:
Robert G. Mann, Dumfries and J.M. Laing, Sanquhar.

title page of Sanquhar Kirkyard book

Partially transcribed and formatted for this website by Charles Dobie, 2004.

The complete book is 297 pages, consisting of 264 pages of history and ending with the Index to Graves and Appendix, both of which are completely transcribed below. Passages from the history pages have been transcribed and appended to the appropriate grave transcription.

The graves are listed and numbered in the order published. Please use the word search facility of your browser to find particular surnames. All "Mc" names have been changed from the published "M' " to facilitate word searching. (M'Call has been changed to McCall, etc).


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The numbers correspond to the figures shown in the engraved Plan of the Kirkyard. The names given are heads of families.

  1. James Otto, Newark.
    • Sacred to the Memory of James Otto, who died at Newark, near Sanquhar, on the 14th of January, 1849, and of Susan Barker, his wife, who died at Newark, 17th April, 1880, aged 81 years.
    • Margaret Crichton Barker, daughter of James Otto and wife of David Barker, died at Woodlands, 16th April, 1877, aged 35 years.
      • James Otto, Newark, Sanquhar, was a younger brother of Provost Otto, and appears to have settled in Sanquhar about the same period as the latter, for the Burgh books record that he was admitted a burgess of Sanquhar on January 24, 1797; he is described as a tobacco manufacturer, and the grandson of a burgess. He carried on the business of tobacconist in the house, No. 2 Church Road, and afterwards in the house, No. 75 High Street. Latterly he gave up the tobacco factory and took to farming, and was tenant of Newark up to and for many years previous to his death in 1849. He owned much house property and land within the burgh and, in conjunction with Mr John Halliday of the Post Office, had coal pits on their joint property which were carried on successfully for many years. Messrs Otto and Halliday were also partners in the quarry at Gallowsbrae known as the "Town's Quarry." In addition to Newark Mr Otto farmed the lands of Friars' Carse, at that time possessed by his sister-in-law, Mrs Crichton, widow of Dr James Crichton; he also farmed Garryhorn in the district of Carsphairn.
  2. John London Kerr, joiner.
  3. Wm. Hamilton, collier.
  4. John Kerr, baron officer.
  5. Gavin Lindsay, gamekeeper, Crawick Mill.
  6. Wm. Oliver, shepherd, Glenmaddie.
  7. John McConnel, tile worker.
  8. John Austin, quarryman.
  9. James Reid, weaver.
  10. Trees – No room for burial.
  11. Thomas Kerr, gamekeeper.
  12. Thomas Rae, Raefield.
  13. Tree – No room for burial.
  14. Gilbert Grier.
  15. Jamies Baird, Yochan Bridge.
  16. Stones and trees – No room for burial.
  17. William Halliday, teacher.
    Robert Glendinning, Kingsburn.
    • William Halliday, late teacher in Sanquhar, who died 19th January, 1836, aged 19 years. Epitaph composed by himself –
      • Whatever might be his faults, the youth here laid
        Ungrudgingly the debt of nature paid;
        Without a sigh resigned what God him gave,
        Convinced of brighter worlds beyond the grave.
        • This interesting headstone stands against the Kirkyard wall at the bottom of the slope west of the church, but is almost entirely obscured by another stone reared right in front of it. William Halliday lived at the Townfoot, where he kept school for a year or two. He died of consumption.
  18. James Broadfoot, tailor.
  19. John Sharp, carpet weaver.
  20. Tree – No room. for burial.
  21. Robert Broadfoot, dyker.
  22. , 23, 24. Trees – No room for burial.
  23. Robert Thomson, blacksmith.
  24. Janet Ingram.
  25. Trees.
  26. Thomas Dempster.
  27. James Thomson, Crawick Mill.
  28. through 35. Trees.
  29. William Henderson, Thornhill.
  30. Elspeth McMichael.
  31. James Stoddart (formerly in Castle).
  32. James Morrison, coal agent.
  33. Wm. Purdie, carter.
  34. John McClatchie, Newtown.
  35. Stones.
  36. William Neilson, Eliock.
    John Corson, late in Knockenhair.
  37. John Callander, miller.
  38. John Black, Brockhohn.
  39. Andrew McMillan, joiner.
  40. Thomas Gray, flesher.
  41. Nesbit Gray.
  42. Archibald McCall, Crawick Mill.
    a. Robert Kirk, farm servant.
  43. Unknown.
  44. Wm. Templeton, shepherd.
  45. Andrew Mushet.
  46. Samuel Lindsay, Crawick Bridge.
  47. , 55. Unknown graves.
  48. Edward Penman, shoemaker.
  49. Wm. Scott, weaver.
  50. James Laurie, shoemaker.
  51. James Kirk, constable.
  52. James Hunter.
  53. David Gemmel, Mennock.
  54. Wm. Austin, Blawearie.
    • Sacred to the memory of William Austin, Blawearie, Sanquhar, who died near Stafford, on the 2nd day of April, 1858, aged 33 years. Also, his daughter Ellen, who died in London on the 7th day of February, 1856, aged 16 months. Also his daughter Jane, who died at Blawearie, Sanquhar, on the 1st day of June, 1858 aged nearly 6 years.
      [See also grave No. 505].
  55. George White, late in Auchengruith.
  56. Walter Greenshields, shepherd.
  57. John McMurray.
  58. David Tennant, dairyman.
  59. Robert Broadfoot, dyker.
  60. Robert Broadfoot, dyker.
  61. Thomas Barker, coalmaster.
    • In Memory of Robert Barker, who died 16th June, 1793. Also Ann Barker, his wife, who died 23rd May, 1802. Also their grandchildren, Robert Barker, who died on the 8th of August, 1796, aged 2-1/4 years; and Mary Barker, who died on the 16th day of the same month, aged 4-3/4 years, children of John Barker.
    • In Memory of Thomas Barker, late in Bridgend, who died the 30th of October, 1825, aged 65 years. Also of Thomas Barker, his son, who died on the third of March, 1831, aged 24 years. Also Quintin McAdam Barker, who died at Rio de Janeiro on the 2nd December, 1839, aged 35 years. Also Robert Barker, late Captain in the 20th Regt. of Foot, who died here 23rd Feb., 1840, aged 42 years. Both sons of the late Thomas Barker, senior. Also of Thomas, son of Quintin McAdam Barker, who died at Bridgend 27th May, 1843, aged 1-3/4 years. Also Sarah Johnstone, wife of the said Thomas Barker, who died 31st October, 1852, aged 84 years. Also William Barker, son of the said Thomas Barker, who died in Australia, 25th March, 1855, aged 52 years.
    • In Memory of Mary Barker or McAdam, widow of the late Quintin McAdam of Waterside, who died the 12th of June, 1832, aged 69 years. Also of Sally Barker, daughter of the late Thomas Barker, Bridgend, who died 12th October, 1875, aged 80 years. Also of Ann Barker, his daughter, who died at Newark, 28th December, 1878, aged 85 years.
    • In Memory of James Battaley, who died on the 13th of May, 1811, aged 81 years. And of Esther, his wife, who died on the 24th September, 1802, aged 69 years.
      • The four tombstones with the above inscriptions commemorate a family which did much to promote local industries, and the members of which were ever forward in all schemes for the welfare of the community, a trait that, happily, has descended to their offspring of the present day. The graves are at the foot of the slope on the south-west of the Kirk, and are neatly surrounded by a low stone wall with iron railing.
        The only record of the advent of the Barkers to Sanquhar district is at the present time somewhat obscure, but it is understood that Robert Barker, who was a native of Derbyshire, came in the exercise of his calling as a mining engineer to the Greenside Mine in Paterdale, in Westmoreland, sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century. There is a record extant that he was married in 1757 to Ann Dobson, a daughter of the proprietor of Grassethowe, in the parish of Barton, Westmoreland. At a subsequent period he came to Leadhills to superintend the mines there. Ultimately Robert Barker tenanted some farms near Sanquhar, and also became lessee of the collieries, a position which he must have occupied at the time when Sir Walter Scott's Dandy Dinmont refers to "a' the colliers in Sanquhar" in "Guy Mannering." He was a member of Sanquhar Town Council from October 5, 1774, till September 30, 1776, and also from October 2, 1780, till September 29, 1783; and he held the office of burgh treasurer from 5th October, 1789, up till the time of his death in 1793. Robert Barker possessed great energy and considerable culture and knowledge and literary taste, and left an extensive library of scientific and other works. . . . .
  62. Robert Laurie, weaver.
  63. Robert Laurie, weaver.
  64. Provost Thomas Scott.
    • In Memory of Janet Cook, wife of Thomas Scott, who died 1st July, 1848, aged 23 years. Also Janet Scott, his daughter, who died 20th April, 1849, aged 21 months. Also Jane McQueen, his wife, who died 20th June, 1877, aged 46 years. Also the above Thomas Scott, who died 27th April, 1898, aged 76 years.
      • Thomas Scott, a native of the burgh, was a weaver and one of the last to work at the hand-loom in Sanquhar. . . . . He was elected to the Town Council on 1st December, 1868, was made a Bailie the following year, and had a Magistrate's seat till November 7, 1871. He was again elected on November 4, 1873, when he was again made a Bailie, and sat as such till 5th November, 1878, when he was raised to the Provostship, and held the dignity till November 1, 1881. He was once more a Councillor from November 4, 1884, till November 1, 1887. Provost Scott, while he was in the Council, gave careful and conscientious attention to his public duties, and he was held in high esteem by the community. . . . .
        Provost Scott was three times married, his third wife being Agnes Borthwick, widow of Alexander Lindsay, and he was survived by her (now deceased), and a daughter, by his second wife, Agnes, wife of Mr Forbes Ross Tweddel, Provost of Sanquhar.
  65. William Kerr, foreman, Drumbuie.
  66. Alexander Taylor, Crown Inn.
  67. Unknown.
  68. Robert Dalgliesh.
  69. Robert Rae, dyker.
  70. Angus Harkness, shoemaker.
  71. Alexander Russell.
  72. Samuel Kerr, shoemaker.
  73. David Oliver, dogger.
  74. Thomas Lorimer, teacher, Wanlockhead.
  75. John Hope, farmer, Castle.
  76. John Fallows.
  77. David Muir, dairyman.
  78. Margaret McCall, Newtown.
  79. William McCall, shepherd.
  80. Barney McKen, besom maker.
  81. Thomas Weir.
  82. Walter Chisholm, shepherd.
    • In Memory of Walter Chisholm late shepherd in Barr, who died the 12th August, 1830, aged 44 years.
      • Pastorial Brethren ! shed the tribute tear
        O'er him you lov'd, to social virtue dear;
        Hope views him still, – to brighter regions gone
        'Mong Christ's redeemed flock around the throne.
      Also Isabella Chisholm who died at Sanquhar, 2nd December, 1842, aged 71 years.
      • This is one of thie few tomb-stones with a poetical epitaph. The lines are from the pen of James Kennedy, and are printed in one of the volumes published by him. Walter Chisholm was of the same stock as the Chisholms in Mennock. He is said to have been of powerful physique, and excelled in all athletic sports.
  83. Alexander Turner, weaver.
  84. Joseph Gleneross, dyker.
  85. No room for burial.
  86. John Stoddart, shoemaker.
  87. Robert Symington, Crawickbridge.
  88. David Graham, tailor.
  89. Thomas Templeton, shepherd.
  90. Gavin Wilson, shoemaker.
  91. , 100. Unknown graves.
  92. David Walker, Burnsands.
  93. Logan Rae, Crawickmill.
  94. Unknown.
  95. William Milligan, miner.
  96. Robert Kerr, Thornhill.
  97. John Muir, Newtown.
  98. Arthur Laing, painter.
  99. James Stitt, drainer.
  100. Unknown.
  101. Alexander Williamson, Rose Cottage.
  102. John Kerr, spade-maker.
  103. John Sharp, shepherd.
  104. , 114. Unknown.
  105. Hugh Reid, weaver.
  106. William Clark, carpet weaver.
  107. , 118, 119. Too steep for burial.
  108. James Kerr, postmaster.
  109. Unknown.
  110. James Henderson, precentor.
  111. James Kerr, collier.
  112. James Ingram, Conrick.
  113. David Tait, thatcher.
  114. John Glencross, dyker.
  115. No room.
  116. Robert Forsyth, carpet weaver.
  117. John Scott, Flowerbank.
  118. Adam Stitt, Ryehill.
  119. David Campbell, Wanlockhead.
  120. Jeremiah Dobson, weaver.
  121. James McMichael.
  122. Mrs Wilson (late Mary Kerr).
  123. Andrew Kerr, shoemaker.
  124. Mrs McIntyre, Townfoot (formerly John Kerr, Mavisbank).
  125. Thomas McDuff, late in Heuklands.
    John Kerr, Connelbush.
  126. Hamilton Stewart, carpet weaver.
  127. William Glencross, woodman.
  128. Archibald Bennoch, Glengenny.
  129. Robert Colvin, Townhead.
  130. William Blair, Euchan Mill.
  131. James Fulton, farm servant.
  132. McMillan, collier, Crawickmill.
  133. Thomas Harkness, grocer.
  134. William Ferguson, Whitecleuch.
  135. John Shankland, Knowe.
  136. William Geddes, officer of excise.
  137. Thomas Grierson.
  138. Samuel Hiddleston.
  139. Thomas Johnstone.
  140. Thomas Haddow, collier.
  141. Hugh Haddow, collier.
  142. Thomas Carson, engineman.
  143. Joseph Wilson.
  144. Alexander Simpson, shoemaker.
  145. John Gibson, innkeeper.
  146. Robert Stitt.
  147. William Tennant, schoolmaster, Forfar.
  148. James Craig, Crawickmill.
  149. John Halliday, merchant.
    • In Memory of John Halliday, died 10th June, 1807, aged 65 years. Jean Kennedy, his wife, died 17th October, 1832, aged 88 years. Andrew Halliday, surgeon, their son, died 1st March, 1805, in the Island of Timor, Asia, aged 27 years [See Royal Navy Surgeons From Sanquhar]. Mary Broom, wife of John Halliday, merchant in Sanquhar, died 12th August, 1810, aged 24 years. John Halliday, merchant in Sanquhar, died 16th January, 1858, aged 84 years. John Halliday, their son, died 14th June, 1811, aged 11 months.
      • For close upon sixty years John Halliday was the leading merchant in Sanquhar. He was a native of Annan, and came to our burgh towards the close of the eighteenth century. His name appears as a witness to a disposition to William Broom, of date April 5, 1797, where he is described as a "merchants clerk." He was entered a burgess of Sanquhar on the 12th day of September, 1800, when he commenced business as a provision dealer and general merchant in the old shop in the High Street – the well-known Post Office. A good business man and strictly conscientious in all his dealings, he stocked only the best of commodities, and early secured an extensive connection, which he maintained as long as he lived. . . . .
        John Halliday married Miss Mary Broom, the eldest daughter of William Broom, merchant in Sanquhar; they had one son and one daughter; the son died in infancy; the daughter – Janet – became the wife of the Rev. David Murray Croom, minister of the South U.P. Church, Sanquhar, and latterly of Portsburgh U.P. Church, Edinburgh. Mrs Halliday died in 1810 at the early age of 24 years. John Halliday attained a vigorous old age, and passed away in 1858, aged 84 years. At his death the Crawick Mill Carpet Works were stopped. . . . .
        A grandson of John Halliday, being the eldest son of his daughter Janet, who was the wife of the Rev. D. M. Croom, is Sir John Halliday Croom of Edinburgh, a distinguished physician, and the recipient of many public honours. Sir John got his knighthood at King Edward's coronation in 1902.
  150. A. C. Bramwell, Blackaddie.
    • Sacred to the memory of Archibald Campbell Bramwell, who died at Blackaddie, 9th December, 1884, aged 56 years, and Isabella Commelin, his wife, who died there 6th March, 1904, aged 77 years. Harriet and Isabella, their twin daughters, who died in infancy. Thomas Archibald, their son, who died 15th January, 1876.
      • The name of Bramwell has long been a familiar one in Sanquhar. The family is of English extraction, and records are extant showing that they had been connected with the lead mines of the north of England for many generations. In the beginning of the eighteenth century Hugh Bramwell came to Scotland from Northumberland to manage the lead mines at Strontian in Argyllshire. He was a man of handsome presence, always carefully attired, and was familiarly known as "Hugh with the siller buttons." He had a brother named Aaron, who appears to have settled in the Sanquhar district about the same period, and mention is made of him as being resident in Mureside of Sanquhar in 1718. Aaron Bramwell is described as "tacksman of the coalworks at Halbertcragg, belonging to the Earl of March," in a disposition to him of certain houses and lands in the Royalty of Sanquhar of date July 23, 1724.
        Hugh Bramwell had a son, also named Aaron, who left Strontian and settled in Leadhills; the latter's wife was Flora McPhie. The eldest son of Aaron and Flora Bramwell was John; he was of an adventurous nature, and joined the 4th Fencible Regiment of Foot – Duke of Cumberland's Own – as a gentleman volunteer. He fought in the American War of Independence, and rose to the rank of Captain. On the return of his regiment from America he was presented with the freedom of the burgh of Dundee. Captain John Bramwell was twice married; firstly, in Edinburgh on 3rd June, 1788, to Miss Margaret Campbell of Kincharkin in Glenorchy; and secondly to Miss Janet Burton Urquhart. He was long resident in Inverkeithing. By his first marriage Captain Bramwell had two sons – John and Aaron. The latter went to sea, and ultimately settled in India, where he owned an estate and was an indigo planter. He died in 1838.
        John Bramwell, the eldest son, was born at Inverkeithing in 1796. He chose thie Army as his profession, and he had a commission as ensign in the 92nd Regiment – the famous Gordon Highlanders. He joined the regiment in Ireland, and shortly afterwards was called with it into active service, when, on the 1st of May, 1815, he sailed from the Cove of Cork for Flanders; and from the 28th May till the 16th June was stationed in Brussels . . . . (He was wounded, which) disabled him for further service, and he retired from the army with the rank and pay of a Lieutenant and a well-earned medal. Lieutenant Bramwell settled in Nithsdale, and in 1816 married his half-cousin, Agnes, daughter of John Bramwell, then manager of the lead mines at Wanlockhead, and took up his abode at Knowehead – a residence behind the house now known by that name and the site of which is marked by some fine old trees. In 1820 he removed to Blackaddie, where he remained until 1854, when he purchased the estate of West Gallaberry in Kirkmahoe parish, where he resided till his death on the 18th of June, 1881, aged 85 years. His wife had predeceased him on July 30, 1856, aged 62. Both are buried in Kirkmahoe Kirkyard.
        Lieutenant John Bramwell took an active part in the public life of Sanquhar. He was for some years a. member of the Town Council, and was Treasurer of the Burgh from Oct. 4, 1830, till Oct. 1, 1832, an office which had also been held by his father-in-law, who had been in the Council for many years. He had a family of four sons and three daughters, – John, Robert, Aaron, and Archibald Campbell, and Isabella, Margaret, and Jane.
        John, the eldest son, was engaged in banking in Melbourne, and afterwards was manager of a bank in London, where he died. He has several descendants.
        Robert Bramwell was a Captain in the Mercantile Marine service. He died in 1884. His wife was Mary Watson. He left one son – William Bramwell of Mowbray, Cape Town, and several daughters.
        Aaron Bramwell died in 1904 in San Francisco, leaving several descendants.
        Isabella Bramwell died young.
        Margaret and Jane were both unmarried; they resided at Gallaberry, and latterly at St. Helen's, Sanquhar. Margaret died in 1890, aged 70 years, and Jane in 1904, aged 77. Both are buried with their parents in Kirkmahoe.
        Archibald Campbell Bramwell, the youngest son of Lieutenant Bramwell, was born at Blackaddie on the 25th August, 1827. On his father's removal to Gallaberry he continued at Blackaddie, and remained there as long as he lived. He was one of the pioneers of scientific agriculture, and, in addition to Blackaddie, held the farms of Glenmaddy and Carooside, as well as part of the lands of Castle Mains and the Sanquhar Glebe, also large tracts in Galloway. He was keenly interested in educational matters, and for several years had a seat at the Sanquhar School Board. His wife, Isabella, was a daughter of John Commellin, banker in Dumfries. They are survived by two sons John and Robert, and five daughters.
  151. Hugh Brown, weaver.
  152. William Ingram, weaver.
  153. Alexander Dyer, Wanlockhead.
  154. John Howat, tailor.
  155. John Kerr, blacksmith.
  156. Robert McMath.
  157. George Broadfoot, Newtown.
  158. Gilbert Clarkson.
  159. David Campbell, quarryman.
  160. John Ferguson, Goosehill.
  161. John McWhirr, carter.
  162. John Rowan, Crawick.
  163. James Cook, agent.
  164. Thomas Scott, gardener.
  165. Thomas Glencross, Eliock.
  166. George Ingram, weaver.
  167. Joseph Black, railway porter.
  168. Marion Blackwood.
  169. John Hyslop, draper, Dudley.
  170. James Moffat, Gateside.
    • Sacred to the Memory of Francis, son of James Moffat, Gateside, Kirkconnel, who died 5th August, 1856, aged 8 years. Also of Agnes Rae, his wife, who died 14th January, 1891, aged 77 years. Also of the above James Moffat, who died at Gateside, 25th January, 1893, aged 79 years. Agnes Janet Moffat, their daughter, who died 4th April, 1905, aged 52 years. Thomas Moffat, their son, who died 13th March, 1886, aged 58 years. Adam Moffat, their son, who died 7th December, 1886, aged 42 years. Mary Moffat, wife of Robert Gourlay, who died 17th December, 1877, aged 32 years.
      • Mr James Moffat came from Glencairn, of which parish he was a native, to the farm of Gateside in 1837, and occupied it till his death in 1893. He was a spirited, enterprising agriculturist, and was one of the pioneers of the improvement of land in Upper Nithsdale. . . . .
  171. Archibald Gilmour.
    John Baird, Glenim.
  172. Joseph Ewing, druggist.
  173. Thomas Thomson, Glenim.
    • In Memory of Robert Lorimer and Agnes Galt, his spouse. Also, of four children of Thomas Thomson, Glenim, viz., Robert, John, James, and Janet. Erected by the said Thomas Thomson.
      • The family of Thomson here commemorated were for a long period tenants of the sheep farm of Glenim on the Queensberry estate, and in the eighteenth century were considered to be wonderfully "bein" and well-to-do. The Lorimers, of whom a century ago there was quite a clan in Upper Nithsdale, were also in comfortable circumstances. An old headstone belonging to the latter family lies in front of the monument; it is very much worn, and some of the lettering is entirely gone. It records that "Here lyes William Lorimer in Connelbush, who dyed March 23, 17[ ], aged [ ]. Also Isobel H[ ]ston, his spouse, aged [ ]. Erected by Robert Lorimer, their son." Thomas Thomson was the son of John Thomson, and succeeded his father in the tenancy of Glenim. His wife was Janet Lorimer, a daughter of Robert Lorimer, farmer in Connelbush, and his wife Agnes Galt, whose names are recorded on the monument. Thomas Thomson died in 1812. He left a son, James, who carried on the farm, and there was a daughter, Jean, who was the wife of Provost Hamilton. James Thomson farmed Glenim from his father's death up till 1830, and latterly, in addition, carried on business as a banker in Sanquhar. He inherited a considerable amount of property in the burgh from his father that brought in a yearly rental of over £60, and altogether he was believed to be wealthy. He was one of the many farmers in Upper Nithsdale who benefited by the "breaking of the tacks" on the Queensberry estate. . . . .
  174. D. Collins.
    Andrew Muir.
  175. John Muir, collier.
  176. John Cameron, drainer.
  177. James Pearson, Littlemark.
  178. Samuel Allison, weaver.
  179. Adam Allison, weaver.
  180. Rev. Thomas Ballantyne.
    Rev. John Goodlet.
    • Here lies the Rev. Mr Thomas Ballantyne, ordained minister of ye Associate Congregation at Sanquhar, September 22nd, 1742. Died 28th February, 1744, aged 30. The first of the Associate ministers who died after renewing our Solemn Covenant.
      [Poem omitted].
    • Here lyes the body of the Rev. Mr John Goodlet, who was ordained minister of the Associate Congregation of Sanquhar, March 22, 1749, and died February 2, 1775, aged 52 years.
      • The Associate Church of Sanquhar, known at the present day as the South United Free Church, is the oldest dissenting congregation in Nithsdale. . . . . the Rev. Thomas Ballantyne came to Sanquhar in 1742, as the chosen pastor of the Society. . . . . and (his) early death was much lamented. . . . . The Rev. John Goodlet was the second minister (and) . . . . he died after twenty-six years' faithful service. His daughter, Mary Goodlet, married Christopher Anderson, colliery manager, Sanquhar, and latterly tenant of the farm of Spango, which is still held by their descendants.
  181. David Rae, Crawickmill.
  182. Archibald McLeish, Eliock.
  183. James Black, weaver, Crawickmill.
  184. –. Forsyth.
  185. James Russell, Crawickmill.
  186. James Campbell, Knockenjig.
  187. Samuel Whigham, draper.
    • In Memory of Charlotte Scott, spouse of Samuel Whigham, who died 17th February, 1838, aged 22 years. Also Samuel Scott Whigham, his son, who died 2nd April, 1843, aged 5 years. Also Marion Harkness, spouse of the said Samuel Whigham, who died 14th January, 1863, aged 42 years. Also of the said Samuel Whigham, who died 12th September, 1880, aged 71 years.
      • Samuel Whigham was a draper, occupying premises in the High Street. He was also a merchant's agent, engaging weavers for the manufacture of various cotton and woollen materials. The weavers received the yarn from him with instructions as to pattern, and were paid on completion of the web. His dealings with them were fair and straightforward, and when the falling away of the hand-loom industry began he exerted himself to the utmost to secure as many webs as he could for Sanquhar.
        He was a long time in the Town Council, to which he was first elected on the 6th November, 1849; on March 15 the following year he was made a Bailie in room of David Oliver, clogger, who had resigned, and he was a magistrate till November 7, 1854. He was again returned on November 4, 1856, and was again made Bailie. He was elected Provost on November 2, 1858, and kept office till December 16, 1862, when he resigned and retired from the Council. After a lapse of nine years he was again elected, and sat as a Councillor from November 7, 1871, till November 4, 1879. . . . .
        Provost Whigham is survived by two daughters – Annie, wife of the late Archibald Hair, Sanquhar, and Maggie, wife of the late David Sharp, Dumfries.
  188. James Kirkhope, grocer.
  189. Unknown.
  190. James Dalgliesh, Upper Dalpeddar.
  191. Alexander Wightman, South Mains.
    • Sacred to the memory of Alexander Wightman, farmer, South Mains, who died on the 5th December, 1851, aged 89 years. And of Jean Bell, his wife, who died on the 3rd March, 1855, aged 80 years. Also of Helen Ingram, wife of John Wightman, farmer, South Mains, Sanquhar, who died on the 16th March, 1875, aged 53 years. Also of John Wightman, farmer, South Mains, who died 20th August, 1881, aged 61 years. Also of Margaret Wightman, eldest daughter of the above, who died on the 18th September, 1887, aged 39 years. Also of John, youngest son of the above John Wightman, who died at Lewiswyn, [Saskatchewan] Canada, on the 18th April, 1907, aged 45 years.
      • The name of Wightman is well-known in farming circles in Nithsdale. Alexander Wightman, previously to his tenanting the farm of South Mains, had for a long period occupied the farm of Dalpeddar. He is spoken of as being well skilled in agriculture, and in farm management was much in advance of his times. . . . .
        He laid the foundation-stone of the Free Kirk built in Sanquhar in 1844. Alexander Wightman's name appears as a member of the Sanquhar Curling Society on December 15, 1791, and he was a skip and took a. keen interest in ice play as long as he lived. Of a humorous, good-natured disposition, he had a great fund of anecdote, and his company was much sought after. He died at the advanced age of 89 years. . . . .
        John Wightman succeeded his father in the tenancy of South Mains. He was a skilful agriculturist, took great interest in the Sanquhar Farmers' Society, and was a frequent prize-taker at the annual Cattle Show. He was a deacon and one of the trustees of the Free Kirk. . . . . His wife, Helen, was the daughter of James Ingram, farmer in Conrick, and Margaret Dryden, his spouse.
        John, the youngest son of John Wightman, when quite a youth, went out to Canada, where he joined his eldest brother, Alexander, who had been there for some years. He died at Lewiswyn and is buried at Kutawa [Saskatchewan].
        Of the family of John Wightman, farmer, South Mains, there survive two sons – Alexander in Canada, and James, tenant of South Mains; and four daughters – Jane, wife of Robert Nivison, Hampstead, London; Janet, wife of the late Wm. Fingland, Glasgow; and Misses Mary and Helen at South Mains.
  192. Daniel Taylor, shoemaker.
  193. –. Dalzell.
  194. Lieut. J. B. Arnaud, French prisoner.
    • In Memory of J. B. Arnaud, aged 27 years, Lieutenant in the French Navy, prisoner of war on parole at Sanquhar. Erected by his companions-in-arms and fellow-prisoners as a testimony of their esteem and attachment. He expired in the arms of friendship, 19th November, 1812.
      • [Killed in a duel].
  195. John Merrie, shoemaker.
  196. John Halliday, carter.
  197. , 210. No room.
  198. Rev. Robert Simpson, D.D.
    • In memory of Helen, daughter of Robert Simpson, minister, Sanquhar, who died on the 29th June, 1828, aged 13 months. George died in April, 1839, aged four months; James died in August, 1846, aged 17 years; Janet died on the 5th February, 1851, aged 25 years; and Robert on the 1st of May following, aged 27. John died 5th June, 1854, aged 22. Also the above Rev. Robert Simpson, D.D. , minister of the North U.P. Church, who died 8th July, 1867, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, and forty-eighth of his ministry. Also Jean Faulds, his widow, who died at Beith on the 23rd of June, 1879, in her 81st year.
      • No name is more revered throughout the district of Upper Nithsdale than that of Dr Simpson, the historian of the Covenanters.
        Robert Simpson was a native of Edinburgh, but early in life was taken to the parish of Stobo, in Peebleshire, where he was brought up under the care of his grandparents. He got his elementary education at Stobo Parish School, and afterwards went to Edinburgh University, his intention at first being to become a minister of the Established Church of Scotland. But a change came over his views, and he threw in his lot with tlhe secessionists, and studied at the Theological Hall at Selkirk under Dr George Lawson. On receiving licence to preach he was called to Sanquhar, and was ordained minister of the North United Presbyterian Church on the 16th May, 1820. . . . .
  199. Daniel Gibson, tinsmith.
  200. –. Maxwell.
  201. John Lindsay, Crawickmill.
  202. George Milligan, Meikle Carco.
  203. John Tennant, dairyman.
  204. John Wilson, baker.
  205. Thomas Graham, blacksmith.
  206. James McMillan, Wanlockhead.
  207. Francis Murdoch, mason.
  208. James Williamson, Dalpeddar.
  209. John Blackley, mason.
    James Little, draper, London.
  210. Sergeant John Wilson.
  211. Thomas Laurie, mason.
  212. Archibald Brown.
  213. Robert Williamson, Barr.
  214. Alexander Williamson, Burnfoot.
    • Here lyes Alexander Williamson in Burnfoot, who departed this life in August, 1709, aged 74. Also, Marion Haining, his spouse. Also, James Williamson in Burnfoot, who departed this life Nov. 3d, 1740, aged 73. Also, Janet Cunninghame, his first spouse, and Catherine Wilsone, his second spouse. Erected by David Williamson, Burnfoot.
    • Here layes Margrat Crichton, spous to the said David Williamson, who dyed the 18 of Feb., 1747, aged 38.
      • Alexander Williamson was a Covenanter. He is the subject of a delightful chapter in Dr Simpson's "Traditions of the Covenanters"; and the thruch stone which marks his grave – opposite the west door of the kirk – is of special interest from the fact that the inscription was renewed, with others in the kirkyard, by Old Mortality. Alexander Williamson belonged to a family which for several generations had owned a small estate on Crawick water, known as Castle-Robert, but in later times named Corsebank. At the Covenanting period he was tenant of Cruffell, a solitary abode near the head of Euchan . . . . His son James, who succeeded to the tenancy of Burnfoot, held also the farm of Glenglass. According to his will, of date Sep. 8, 1739, he left two sons, Alexander and David; and six daughters, viz.:–
        • Marion, the eldest, described as being in Drumbuie;
        • Mary, wife of David Hair in Conrig, one of the Bailies of Sanquhar;
        • Jean, wife of Adam Menzies of Troloss;
        • Isobel, wife of Thomas Turnbull in Whitehall;
        • Ann, wife of John Williamson in Gateside; and
        • Rachel, the youngest daughter.
    • In Memory of David Williamson, who died at Burnfoot, 7th March, 1759, aged 60 years. Also, Nicholas Lorimer, his second spouse, who died at Spoth, 11th Dec., 1795, aged 78 years. Also, James Williamson, their son, who died at Spoth, 15th April, 1810, aged 56 years. Also, Alexander Williamson, their son, who died at Sanquhar, May, 1840, aged 81 years. Also, Janet Williamson, relict of Robert Rorrison, who died at Sanquhar, 28th August, 1861, aged 75 years. Also, of William Rorrison, their son, who died at Eliock Grange, 9th May, 1896, aged 77 years.
      • David Williamson in Burnfoot was the son of James Williamson, and the grandson of Alexander the Covenanter. He was held in much esteem throughout the district, and at his death almost the whole countryside turned out to his burial. The funeral was long remembered, and is still spoken of as the most impressive cortege in the annals of Upper Nithsdale. . . . .
  215. George McMichael of Moat.
    David McMichael.
    • In Memory of John McMichael, who died 8th May, 1856, aged 74 years. Elizabeth Williamson, his spouse, died 11th April, 1856, aged 65, Barbara, their daughter, died at Quebec, Lower Canada, 13th Sept., 1860, aged 42. Robert, their son, died 16th Feb., 1867, aged 36. William, their son, died 14th October, 1876, aged 56. Margaret, their daughter, died 1st March, 1879, aged 57. Elizabeth McMichael, wife of David McMichael, died 18th January, 1899, aged 71 years. Also, the said David McMichael, who died 27th Sept., 1910, aged 86 years. James McMichael, thieir son, who died at Liverpool, 2nd July, 1910, aged 46 years.
    • In Memory of George McMichael of Moat, who died at Sanquhar, 6th May, 1882, aged 66 years.
      • John McMichael was a farmer. For nine years he was tenant of the farm of Ladyland, in the parish of Kirkbean, and afterwards he for many years tenanted the farm of Spoth on Crawick water. Latterly he was engaged in the cattle-dealing business in Sanquhar. He was sprung from the famous Covenanting family of the McMichaels in Durisdeer parish. His wife, Elizabeth Williamson, was the daughter of James Williamson in Spoth, who was the son of David Williamson in Burnfoot, the son of James who was the son of Alexander Williamson, the Covenanter of Cruffel; she was, therefore, the great-great-grand-daughter of the Covenanter. The offspring of John McMichael and Elizabeth Williamson have thus a double strain of Covenanted blood in their veins. Thomas McMichael, their eldest son, was for some years a clerk in a lawyer's office in Dumfries and afterwards in Glasgow. George McMichael of Moat was another son. Early in life he went into England, and for many years was resident in the town of Leighton Buzzard, . . . . He purchased the estate of Moat in Auldgirth, and in 1856 returned to Sanquhar, where he had property in houses and land. . . . . He was in the Town Council from Nov. 4, 1879, until his death in 1882.
        David McMichael, younger brother of the above George, was also for many years in England and in the Isle of Man. . . . . He came back to Sanquhar upon the death of his brother George, whom he succeeded in the life-rent of Moat and the property in the Burgh. . . . . His wife, who was a native of the Isle of Man, predeceased him in 1899. The death of his son, James, who was a steward on the Atlantic liners, was a sad blow to the old man; it cut him up greatly, and he died two months later. He is survived by one son – John McMichael, resident in Liverpool, and one daughter, Margaret, wife of Mr Richard McKinlay, resident in Sanquhar.
  216. George Williamson, Glenwhargen.
  217. No room.
  218. Robert Johnston of Wamphray.
    Robert Sharp, shepherd.
    • In Memory of Robert Johnston, late of Sanquhar, formerly of Lethonhall, parish of Wamphray, who died 22nd September, 1813, aged 81 years.
      • [Sixteen pages of history plus two photographs devoted to this family].
  219. William Starling, carter.
  220. Rachel Hair.
    • The tombstone of Rachel Hair is one of the most interesting memorials in the Kirkyard. It is in the shape of two coffins, lying side by side – a full grown person's and a child's, cut in one slab of free-stone, the smaller coffin being to the right of the larger. Carved upon the larger coffin is a cross, with the arms encircled by a nimbus, the shaft extending the full length of the stone, also the letter "H"; upon the small coffin there is incised the letter "R." The shaft of the cross tapers to a point, and on this account has been supposed to represent a sword. This memorial, there is reason to believe, is absolutely unique; it is well worth the attention of the antiquary. The tradition is that the letters represent the initials of a person named Rachel Hair. The story connected therewith is a pathetic one. The stone commemorates a tragic event that occurred during the troublous times of the Commonwealth when military were frequently in the district. A company of English soldiers was billeted in the burgh, and a bad feeling had arisen between them and the townspeople, a state of matters that one night culminated in a fight, in which the husband of Rachel Hair took a prominent part. Hearing the uproar, and fearful of harm to her helpmate, the unfortunate woman, with her babe in her arms, rushed into the High Street, where she saw her husband hotly pressed. All too reckless of her own or her child's safety, she fearlessly thrust herself between him and his assailants, with the result that she was cut down by a sword stroke, meant for her husband, that killed both herself and her offspring.
  221. William Campbell, weaver.
  222. James Tweddel, weaver.
  223. John Duff, letter carrier.
  224. Robert Russell, merchant.
  225. William Russell, web agent.
  226. Robert Muir, collier.
  227. William Lorimer, farmer.
  228. Child's grave.
  229. William Thorburn, Mennock.
  230. Samuel Hyslop, farmer.
  231. George Carlow, weaver, Crawickmill.
  232. Unknown.
  233. Alexander Hastie, Limecleughfoot.
    Alexander Turnbull.
  234. Rev. William Ranken.
    Major-General McAdam.
    • In Memory of the Rev. William Ranken, late Minister of Sanquhar, who died 7th October, 1820, in the 70th year of his age and 36th of his ministry.
    • In Memory of Margaret Ranken, only surviving daughter of the Rev. William Ranken, Minister of the Parish of Sanquhar, wife of David McAdam of the Royal Marines, who died 17th April, 1820, aged 26 years. And of Ranken McAdam, their only child, who died at Chatham in 1830, aged 10 years. And of the said David McAdam, sometime Colonel Commandant in the Royal Marines, afterwards a Major-General in Her Majesty's Army, who died at Edinburgh, June, 1859, aged 70 years.
      • The Rev. William Ranken was licensed by the Presbytery of Kirkcudbright in 1778, and was ordained minister of Sanquhar in 1785. An eloquent preacher . . . .
  235. Rev. Thomas Montgomery.
    • In Memory of Mary Brown, wife of the Rev. Thomas Montgomery, Minister of this Parish, who died 21st April, 1843, aged 50 years. Also of the Rev. Thomas Montgomery, who died at Glasgow, 3rd June, 1861, aged 68 years.
      • Mr Montgomery was the successor of Mr Ranken, and was ordained on the 5th June, 1821. It was principally through his exertions that the present church was built in 1824, and he also succeeded in getting a new manse, the present residence of the minister. The Parish School was built at the same time. At the Disruption, in 1843, Mr Montgomery's ambiguity and vacillation made a big diminution in the adherents of the Established Church. At first he sided with the non-intrusionists, and it was confidently believed that he would throw in his lot with them; but when the great secession took place he changed front and stuck to the Auld Kirk. His conduct at that critical time was the subject of much animadversion. No doubt the death of his wife had great effect, happen- ing at the time it did, for his original ardour for the protestors was almost entirely due to her influence. Mr Montgomery never regained his former popularity, and the Rev. John Inglis having been appointed his helper and successor in 1845, he left Sanquhar and was seldom in the church again. Like his predecessor, Mr Montgomery wrote a description of the parish for the "New Statistical Account," published in 1835.
  236. Rev. Thomas Shiels.
    • In Memory of the Rev. Thomas Shiels, late Minister of Sanquhar, who died 8th February, 1708, in the 78th year of his age, 53rd of his ministry.
      • The Rev. Thomas Shiels was the first minister settled in Sanquhar after the Revolution. He had been ordained minister of the neighbouring parish of Kirkbride in 1655, and officiated there until 1662, when, on account of his adherence to the Covenant, he was deprived of his living along with four hundred ministers in other parts of Scotland. He was on the Continent during the troublous times that succeeded; but after the Revolution, in 1689, he returned to Kirkbride, and remained there until he was translated to Sanquhar in 1693. He is said to have been related to the Rev. Alexander Shiels, who wrote "A Hind let Loose," a book published in 1687 that brought its author much notoriety. . . . .
  237. John Gilmour, carrier.
  238. George Carson.
  239. George Wilson, shoemaker.
  240. John Hyslop, web agent.
  241. John Sharp, Crawickmill.
  242. James Anderson, shepherd.
  243. James Hoatson, watchmaker.
  244. James Menzies, drainer.
  245. Samuel Shankland.
  246. Thomas Shankland, ostler.
  247. James Hannan, wood forester.
    a. J. B. Johnstone, Holestane.
  248. James Orr, schoolmaster.
    • Sacred to the memory of James Orr, who for upwards of twenty years filled the office of parochial teacher at Sanquhar with great ability and success. He died 25th September, 1861, aged 57 years. His friends and pupils erected this monument as a token of their affection and a memorial of his worth.
    • In Memory of the family of the late Mr James Orr, Parochial Teacher here – Andrew Watters, who died 10th March, 1859, aged 91 years. James Campbell, who died 30th April, 1864, aged 27 years. Thomas Montgomery, who died 9th Oct., 1868, aged 23 years. John, who died 10th Jan., 1879, aged 39 years. They all died trusting in a Glorious Resurrection. [Inscription on back of monument.]
      • A pleasing memorial this. Mr James Orr, who belonged to Ayrshire, was appointed to the parish school in 1841, upon the retiral of Mr John Henderson. Mr Orr was an erudite scholar, a gentleman of sterling probity, and a painstaking and successful teacher. His curriculum was more comprehensive, and was more thoroughly carried out than had been the case with any of his predecessors, and after a year or two of his energetic regime the fame of "Sanquhar Academy," as the school was then sometimes named, extended far beyond the bounds of Nithsdale. . . . .
        Outside the school Mr Orr took a warm if inobtrusive interest in the affairs of the town and parish, and in social circles his ready wit and brilliant conversation made his presence ever welcome. A notable feature of his character was his habitual chivalrous courtesy and graceful pleasantry to the ladies. Mr Orr was a short, stout built man. His end came with an impressive suddenness; he had retired apparently in the best of health, but died in the early hours of the morning. His death was bewailed by the whole community.
  249. Alex. Borthwick, shepherd.
  250. James Tweddel.
  251. Janet Currie.
  252. William Hyslop, Windyedge.
  253. Robert Lindsay.
  254. John Milligan, carter.
  255. David Henderson, tea merchant.
  256. Peter Brown, saddler.
  257. Robert Wylie.
  258. John Rigg, Crawick Forge.
    • In memory of Mary Rigg, aged 4 years; also, Sarah Rigg, aged 3 years, children of John Rigg of Crawick Forge; also of Elizabeth Gray, his spouse, who departed this life upon the 24th of October, 1821, aged 70 years; also of the said John Rigg, who died the 1st April, 1833, in the 83rd year of his age; also of Jane Hair, wife of James Rigg, who died in May, 1857, aged 28 years.
      • John Rigg was a great friend of the poet Robert Burns. A native of Dalston, in Cumberland, he came to Sanquhar in 1774, following Mr Robert Barker when the latter came from Greenside, in Westmoreland, and became lessee of the Sanquhar coal fields. Mr Rigg, in the year named, erected the forge at Crawick Bridge, a work primarily established to supply shovels and the working-gear required for the coal pits, and which is still to the fore. A clever workman and a good business man, John Rigg early secured a name for the excellence of his handicraft, and agricultural implements as well as tools for the colliers were made at the Forge. . . . .
  259. David Russell, Crawickmill.
  260. Walter Templeton, shepherd.
  261. Footpath.
  262. Robert Glencross, dyker.
  263. Alexander Weir, cabinet-maker.
    • Also of Agnes Weir, spouse of Lawrence Christie of Paisley, who died 16th July, 1854, aged 75 years. Alexander Weir died 22nd Oct., 1881, aged 73 years.
      • This tombstone marks the resting-place of an author and clever scholar – Alexander Weir. The stone is erected with its face against the west wall of the kirk, so that the inscriptions to other members of the family are lost, and the back, with lettering as above, only is seen. Alexander Weir, or "Sandy" Weir, as he was generally called, was a cabinet-maker to trade, and worked at the bench for many years. . . . .
  264. John Dickson, Crawick Bridge.
  265. James Hume, farm servant.
  266. John Campbell.
  267. David Grierson.
    Mary Kerr, Crawfordton.
  268. Archibald Weir, Wanlockhead.
  269. William Inglis, Knockenjig.
  270. John Anderson, Spango.
    • In Memory of John Anderson, Crawickmill, who died 5th August, 1801, aged 63 years. Also of Margaret Dobie his spouse who died 18th May, 1811, aged 76 years. Also of William their son who died at Meikle Carco on the 7th August, 1829, aged 61 years Also of Christopher their son, who died at Pennyland 30th November, 1845, aged 68 years, and his wife Mary Goodlet, who died 16th August, 1842, aged 68 years. Also of Martha Hamilton, spouse of Adam Anderson, who died at Bailieston 14th January, 1859, aged 53 years. Also of Adam Anderson who died at Piper City, Illinois, 15th October, 1887, aged 77 years. Also of Margaret Anderson who died at Centre Marshall, Illinois, 22nd April, 1880, aged 69 years.
    • In Memory of Martha McCall, spouse of John Anderson, farmer, Spango, who died 24th August, 1838, aged 30 years. Adam, their son, died 9th October, 1838, aged 3 years and 6 months. Also of John Anderson who died 26th May, 1892, aged 84 years. Also of Georgina Mackay Anderson who died 24th Novem- ber, 1884, aged 31 years. Also of Mrs Jessie Messer Anderson who died 25th October, 1902, aged 55 years. Also of William Anderson, son of John Andersen, who died at Ballarat, Australia, 9th December, 1908, aged 75 years. Also Christopher Anderson, son of John Anderson, who died 3rd July, 1911, aged 79 years.
      • The family of Anderson has had a long and very interesting connection with Sanquhar and Crawick Water, and in the first half of the last century was intimately associated with the coal mining industry. The family originally came from the upper ward of Lanarkshire where John Anderson was born in 1738. He spent his early years in Leadhills, where he married Margaret Dobie of a family long connected with the lead mining there. Somewhere about 1760 he settled in Sanquhar, and was employed in some subordinate charge in the coal mines carried on by Mr Barker and Mr McNab, and was at his death in 1801 in the employment of the latter. Christopher Anderson, his son, was a remarkable man, and was well-known in the district as the blind colliery manager. Christopher lost his eyesight at the age of twenty-one as the result of a dastardly assault by an opponent, who from behind the shelter of a house corner, struck him in the face with a thorn bush. Although thus early blinded he did not lose heart, but most courageously faced his misfortune. He obtained employment at the collieries, and through the energy of his character, his natural abilities, and assisted by the devoted help of his wife, a daughter of the Rev. John Goodlet of the Anti-Burgher Congregation of Sanquhar, he rose rapidly, and finally became manager and part owner in the concern. He succeeded so well that in 1816 he took the lease of Meikle Carco farm in Crawick Water, which he held until 1838, when he took the farm of Spango, the tenancy of which has ever since remained in the family. . . . .
  271. Thomas Halliday, Crawickmill.
  272. William Wilson, shepherd.
  273. William Duff, joiner.
  274. Thomas Tweddel, baker.
  275. James McNaught.
  276. James Kerr.
  277. William Crosbie.
  278. Ramsay McGie.
  279. John Laurie, farm servant.
  280. Robert Dow.
  281. James Wilson, Castle.
  282. James Hunter, Dinninrig.
  283. Thomas Inglis, carrier.
  284. John Henderson, schoolmaster.
    • In Memory of five children of John Henderson and Nicolas Leslie, also of Mrs N. Murray, her mother, and relict of the Rev. James Leslie, Kilmarnock. Also of the said Nicolas Leslie who died 16th May, 1829, aged 66.
      • The John Henderson whose name is recorded on this modest headstone was for 56 years the headmaster of thie Sanquhiar Parish School. He was an accomplished scholar, a fine linguist and mathematician, and he excelled as a teacher. He came to Sanquhar in 1785. . . . . Mr Henderson was elected to the town Council on October 3, 1791, and he was a Bailie from September 30, 1793, till October 2, 1797; on September 30, 1811, he was again a Councillor, and was Bailie from October 5, 1812, till October 3, 1814. The Burgh records show that he had a brother, James, resident in Leadhills, who was admitted a burgess of Sanquhar in April, 1793.
        John Henderson, schoolmaster of Sanquhar, died in 1842, having filled the post for the long period of 56 years.
  285. Rev. Andrew Thomson.
    • In memory of the Rev. Andrew Thomson, for 39 years minister of the General Associate Congregation, Sanquhar, who died 27th September, 1815, aged 72. Also of Margaret Comrie, his wife, who died in December, 1811, aged 62 years. Also of Jessie Thomson, their daughter, who died 1st June, 1851, aged 65. Also of their youngest son, John Thomson, farmer, Townhead, who died 24th August, 1855, aged 65. Also of Mary Thomson, their daughter, who died 28th May, 1862, aged 77. Also of Elizabeth McCall, spouse to the said John Thomson, who died 10th November, 1872, aged 80.
      • The Rev. Andrew Thomson was the third minister of the Doun-the-Gaite Kirk. He came from Howgate, near Penicuik, and was ordained on 22nd August, 1776. He was a faithful pastor . . . . thirty-nine years in all. . . . .
        One of Mr Thomson's sons was the Rev. Dr Thomson of Balfron; and a grandson (son of John Thomson, farmer) was the well-known Rev. Andrew Thomson, D.D., who for upwards of fifty years was the minister of Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh. Dr Andrew Thomson was born in Sanquhar, and received his early education at the Parish School, and all his long life he kept a warm feeling towards the place of his birth; he died in 1901, aged 86 years, having survived both his wife and their only son by three years, the latter being Shieriff Comrie Thomson, who died within a month of his mother in 1898. . . . .
  286. William Kerr, merchant.
  287. William Gillespie, mason, Euchan.
  288. Michael Hunter, grain dealer.
  289. Unknown.
  290. John Taylor, Sanquhar Castle.
    • In Memory of William McKay, who died 26th June, 1773, aged 50 years. He was many years overseer of the mines in Wanlockhead and tenant of Sanquhar Castle. Also Agnes Farchar, who died 22nd March, 1797, aged 62 years, his spouse. Also of Robert Taylor, their grandson, who died 31st Dec., 1835, aged 49 years. He was tenant of Sanquhar Castle. Elizabeth Thompson, his spouse, who died 14th Dec., 1866, aged 79 years. Robert, their third son, who died 4th Dec., 1826, aged 9 years.
    • In Memory of John Taylor, who died 14th October, 1806, aged 53 years. He was many years overseer of the mines in Wanlockhead, and tenant of Sanquhar Castle. Katherine Forbes Mackay, his spouse, who died 8th March, 1837, aged 78 years. John Taylor, surgeon, Royal Navy, who died 23rd Sept., 1826, aged 36 years [See Royal Navy Surgeons From Sanquhar]. Mary Hamilton, his spouse, who died 10th December, 1858, aged 65 years; and their two children, who died in infancy. George J. Taylor, second son of Robert Taylor, who died 18th December, 1869, aged 53 years. Also, John Taylor, his oldest son, died 13th July, 1875, aged 61 years.
      • John Taylor was the overseer of the Lead Mines at Wanlockhead, and his name will be familiar to Burns students as the person to whom the bard addressed the verses beginning "With Pegasus upon a day," on the occasion when he required his mare's shoes frosted. . . . .
        John Taylor, in addition to his duties as overseer of the lead mine, engaged also in agriculture, and was tenant of the farm of Castle Mains for many years. He interested himself in the affairs of Sanquhar burgh, and was a member of the Town Council from Oct. 4, 1784, till Oct. 2, 1797, and was one of the Bailies during the last two years he sat at the Council Board. He was no ordinary man, and he belonged to no ordinary family. His father, Robert Taylor, and his grandfather, John Taylor, after whom he was named, are buried in the graveyard of Leadhills. The tombstone there marking their resting-place is much sought after by visitors, for it bears a remarkable inscription, which is as follows:– "Sacred to the memory of Robert Taylor, who was during many years an overseer to the Scotch Mining Company at Leadhills, and died May 6th, 1791, in the 67th year of his age. He is buried by the side of his father, John Taylor, who died in this place at the remarkable age of 137 years." This old patriarch lived at Gold Scars, near Leadhills. He was born at Aldstone in Cumberland, and being only four years of age when his father died he was early put to work in the mines. He worked as a miner in various parts of the country, but finally settled dovm at Leadhills in 1733, working regularly at the lead mines there till 1752, having spent upwards of a century in unceasing toil. . . . . . He died in May, 1770. His wife was Isobel Hunter, daughter of Robert Hunter in Stanhope, of the family of Hunter of Polmood. For some time previous to his death he had been confined to his bed, and possessed hardly any of his mental or bodily faculties.
        A daughter of "Old John" married into the Bramwell family, and an arm-chair that belonged to him is carefully preserved at Blackaddie by her descendants.
        John Taylor was succeeded in the tenancy of the farm of Sanquhar Castle by his second son, Robert. The eldest son, William, was a Lieutenant in the East India Company's service at Madras, and died unmarried in 1808.
        A brother of John Taylor was that James Taylor, whose name will for ever be associated with the invention of the steamboat. . . . .
  291. John Muir, mason.
  292. Thomas Laurie.
    Alexander Callender.
  293. William Clark.
  294. James McCall, carpet manufacturer.
  295. Mungo Thompson.
  296. George Hunter, joiner.
  297. David Turnbull, collier.
  298. Samuel Harris, collier.
  299. Thomas Love, collier.
    • In Memory of Thomas Love, coal miner, who died 2nd May, 1885, aged 57 years. Also Angus Love, his son, who died 6th April, 1889, aged 21 years. Also Samuel H. Love, his son, who died 17th March, 1897, aged 21 years. Also Robert E. Love, his son, who died 24th May, 1904, aged 32 years. Also Douglas Love, his son, who died at Vancouver, British Columbia, 13th August, 1907, aged 28 years. Also Margaret Charters, his wife, who died 17th April, 1910, aged 76 years.
      • [Also see grave No. 354].
  300. George Osborne, druggist.
  301. William Kerr, carpet weaver.
  302. John Kerr, spinner.
  303. Charles Howat, joiner.
  304. Alexander Moffat, Wanlockhead.
  305. William Dobson, mason.
  306. Thomas Broadfoot, collier.
  307. John Loudoun, baker.
  308. William Dick, farmer.
  309. John Wilson, brickworker.
  310. John Hyslop, dairyman,
  311. Unknown.
  312. James Miller, baker.
  313. Thomas Pollock.
  314. William Laurie, carpet weaver.
  315. William Kerr, ship steward.
  316. Francis Watt, merchant.
    John Boyd, miner, Crawick.
  317. William Turnbull, blacksmith.
  318. Alexander Stewart.
  319. James McMillan, farm servant.
  320. John Paterson, Mennock Bridge.
  321. Henry Wilson, blacksmith.
  322. Robert Brown, tailor.
  323. Rev. J. McMorrin, Thornhill.
  324. James Hamilton, quarryman.
  325. Footpath.
  326. William Hyslop, maltster.
  327. Samuel Hyslop, quarryman.
  328. Andrew Hyslop, quarryman.
  329. George Inglis.
  330. Mungo Wilson, merchant.
  331. Archibald Hamilton, engineman.
  332. William Inglis.
  333. Walter Fingland, shoemaker.
  334. Hugh Harris, collier.
  335. James Watson.
  336. William Laughleson, shoemaker.
  337. John Turnbull, miner.
  338. James Blackwood, Spoth.
  339. William Brown, flesher.
  340. George Brown, carter.
  341. Thomas Love, flesher.
    • In Memory of Robert Love, son of Thomas Love, who died 23rd July, 1854, aged 18 years. Also Alexander Love, his son, who died 7th February, 1855, aged 12 years. Also James Love, his son, who died 13th March, 1871, aged 38 years. Also Robert Love, his grandson, who died 19th August, 1882, aged 25 years. Also the said Thomas Love, who died 23rd October, 1885, aged 83 years. Also Gavin Love, his son, who died 2nd November, 1885, aged 45 years. Also Elizabeth Wilson, his wife, who died 4th March, 1886, aged 76 years. Also John Love, their son, late teacher, Cairn School, who died 6th March, 1911, aged 60 years.
      • [See also grave no. 312].
        The first of the above family in Sanquhar was Robert Love, or "Robin" Love as he was usually called. He was a Highlander, belonging to the Clan Macgregor, and was related to the famous Rob Roy. The Macgregors were a much oppressed clan. Known as the "Children of the Mist," they were regarded as the most ferocious of the clans, and were styled "lawless limmers" in the old Scots Parliament. Their lands were taken from them, and their very name ordered to be suppressed. So stringent was the law concerning the attempt to utterly blot out the clan that the clergy were liable to deprivation and banishment should they dare to give the name Macgregor to any one at baptism. Thus it was that Robin Love's forebears had been forced to give up their ancient patronymic. . . . .
        Robin Love's wife was Janet Smith. They had a son, John, who was admitted a burgess and freeman of Sanquhar on September 12, 1800, and carried on business as a flesher. John's wife was Elizabeth Kirkwood, a descendant of the Rev. James Kirkwood, who was curate of Sanquhar Kirk in the times of the Covenanters . . . . . John Love and Elizabeth, his wife, had two sons – John and Thomas. John married Margaret Pever, and they had a family of three sons and five daughters, of whom only one survives, viz.:– James Love, for many years in business as a flesher in New Cumnock, but now retired and resident in Annan. The other members of John Love's family were: – John Love, shoemaker; Thomas Love, coal miner, whose name is recorded on the tombstone; Elizabeth, wife of James Menzies; Agnes, wife of Robert Smith; Mary, wife of Samuel Harris; and Maggie and Rosie, unmarried.
        The above Thomas Love married Margaret Charters, of the parish of Durisdeer, and they had a family of eight sons and three daughters. Their sons Angus and Robert Elliot, both died as the results of accidents in the mines. Surviving members of Thomas Lovers' family are: – John Love, Sanquhar; Thomas Charters Love, farmer in Canada; ex-Bailie James Love, Sanquhar; Alexander Love, Bradford; and Mary, wife of Andrew Sloane, New Cumnock. Two daughters deceased were Margaret, wife of George Blackwood, New Cumnock, and Euphemia, wife of the late James Brown, Kirkconmel.
        Thomas Love, the younger son of John Love and Elizabeth Kirkwood, followed the occupation of his father, a flesher, and until a year or two of his death he dressed all the carcases for the fleshers in Sanquhar. His wife was Elizabeth Wilson, the daughter of James and the grand-daughter of Gavin Wilson (see pages referring to Matthew McIver), and they had a family of nine sons and two daughters. Gavin Love, their son, who died in 1885, was a soldier in a cavalry regiment, in which he was a rough rider; he was many years in India. John Love, a younger son, was the victim of a lameness which compelled him to use crutches all his life. He was a schoolmaster. He was pupil teacher and afterwards assistant to Mr Laurie in the Crichton School for a period of fourteen years. In 1879 he was appointed master of the Cairn School in Kirkconnel parish, a post he held for thirty years, retiring on pension in July, 1909. He . . . . died less than two years afterwards. He was unmarried, and resided in Buccleuch Road with his sister Ann.
        Deceased members of Thomas Love's family, not mentioned on the tombstone, were Thomas, who died in Dumfries, and Francis, died in Hawick; also Elizabeth, wife of the late Jeremiah Ingram. There survive at the present day – William Love, resident in Kirkconnel, and David Love and Miss Ann Love, resident in Sanquhar.
  342. John Kerr, joiner, Mennockbridge.
  343. James Inglis, Crawick.
  344. Frank Martin.
  345. Footpath.
  346. James Kennedy, teacher.
    • In memory of John and William, sons of James Kennedy, teacher, Sanquhar. John was born 8th September, 1804, and died 3rd July, 1809. William was born 9th May, 1802. He died 7th January, 1829.
    • Also of Mary Graham, his spouse, who died 13th January, 1842, aged 77 years.
    • Also the said James Kennedy, who died 25th June, 1862, aged 91 years.
    • Sarah Forsyth, widow of James Kennedy, who died 8th August, 1891, aged 75 years.
      • James Kennedy was born in the parish of Wamphray, in Annandale, at Kilbrook, a farm which had long been in the possession of his family. He received a good education, and early in life opened a venture school in the burgh of Annan or immediate neighbourhood, and there it was he got married. This school, however, was not a success, and early last century he removed to Sanquhar, where he remained the rest of his life. He opened school in the lower chamber of the Council House, and at one time also taught in a house in the Queensberry Square. As a teacher depending entirely upon his own efforts for a living, Mr Kennedy all through his long life had a hard struggle to make ends meet. He published several volumes of poetry, all of which yielded some pecuniary gain, but quite inadequate to the cost and labour involved. Each of his publications was carefully preceded by lengthy and deliberate canvassing tours all over Dumfriesshire, the Stewartry, and the Upper Ward of Clydesdale; and throughout this wide district he was well known as the "Sanquhar Poet." . . . .
  347. Thomas Stoddart, baker.
  348. Margaret Smith, milliner.
    William Stewart, surfaceman.
  349. John Love, shoemaker.
  350. Betty McLeod.
  351. William Henderson, stationer.
  352. John Henderson, Townfoot.
  353. John Laurie, roadman.
  354. William Johnston of Roundstonefoot.
    • In memory of Susanna McAdam, spouse of William Johnston of Roundstonefoot, who departed this life 27th September, 1812, aged 66 years. Also of the said William Johnston, who departed this life the 7th of October, 1820, aged 87 years. And of Susan, eleventh child and eighth daughter of the above-mentioned William and Susanna Johnston, who died on the 29th Oct., 1881, in her hundred and second year.
      • William Johnston was a native of Annandale. He came of an ancient stock; his estate of Roundstonefoot, on Moffat Water, had been in possession of his family for many generations, and his forebears frequently figure in the public records as taking active part in the oft-recurring clan feuds and border forays of olden times. . . . .
  355. John Turnbull, blacksmith.
  356. John Russell, coachman.
  357. John McCron, Raefield.
  358. William Slimmon, Allansdale.
  359. William Russell, Mennockbridge.
  360. Ninian Williamson.
  361. Provost John Lorimer.
    • Provost J. Lorimer and J. Williamson, erectors. In memory of their children, 1791.
      • [See also grave No. 185].
        The table tombstone with the above quaint inscription, which was not only composed but carved by Provost Lorimer, is at the east end of the kirk, close to the headstone of Alexander Williamson, who lived at Cruffell, and to whom the Provost and his wife were both related. The older stone, much defaced, lies in front of the ornate monument of the Glenim Thomsons, into which family a descendant of William Lorimer married. . . . .
  362. Provost James Braidwood.
    • In Memory of James Braidwood, who died 18th Oct., 1814, aged 7 years. Also, of John, who died 26th Aug., 1816, aged 17 years, sons of John Braidwood. Also Jean Lorimer, his spouse, who died 5th Feb., 1823, aged 42 years. Said John Braidwood, who was first Baillie and then Provost of Sanquhar, left that place for Newmains in 1838, and died there on 24th January, 1861, aged 81, and was interred beside several members of his family in his own burial ground at Cambusnethan.
      • John Braidwood was a merchant in Sanquhar. His wife, Jean Lorimer, was a daughter of Provost Lorimer. He became a member of Sanquhar Town Council on Sep. 30, 1816, and was one of the Bailies from Oct. 5, 1818, till Oct. 3, 1825. At the election on Nov. 5, 1833, being the first by qualified voters under the new Reform Act, he was elected one of the Councillors, and on Nov. 1, 1836, was elected Provost, which post he resigned on May 24, 1838, when he left Sanquhar for Newmains, where he resided until his death. His son, James Braidwood, was a successful merchant in Leith. He married in 1839, Mary Wright, daughter of Mr George Wright, Edinburgh. . . . .
  363. a. Robert Williamson, Bank of Yochanhead.
    • Here lyes the corps of Alexander Williamson, who lived at Cruffell, and departed this life July 30, 1746. Erected by David Williamson, his son.
      • This stone is reared against the east wall of the kirk, and commemorates one of the sons of Alexander Williamson, the Covenanter. Like his father, he was a man remarkable for his piety, and his headstone also is said to have been renewed by Old Mortality.
    • In Memory of Robert Williamson, who died at Bank of Yochanhead on the 24th March, 1809, aged 75 years. Also of Margaret Gemmel, his spouse, who died the 28th February, 1809, aged 72 years. Also of Andrew, Alexander, John, and James Williamson, their sons. Erected by William, David, and Robert Williamson, their sons.
      • [See also grave No. 556].
  364. William Wilson, shepherd.
  365. Robert Gray, collier.
  366. Andrew Gibson, cooper.
  367. James Scott.
  368. Thomas Affleck.
  369. James Young.
  370. William Milligan.
  371. William McQuat, shepherd.
  372. Thomas Brown.
  373. George Lorimer, dyer.
  374. Peter Cannon, drainer.
  375. George Paterson, joiner.
  376. John Hastings, mason.
  377. Charles McIver, quarryman.
    • In Memory of Charles McIver, who died 16th September, 1899, aged 77 years. Also Bridget McIver, his daughter, who died 1st October, 1877, aged 18 years. Also Janet Cringan, his wife, who died 26th June, 1906, aged 80 years. Also the children of James McIver. Mary Jane McIver, who died 28th February, 1903, aged 5 years. Also Agnes, Bridget and Helen who died in infancy.
      • [Also see graves No. 474 & 475].
        Another son of Charles McIver was Charles, who died 16th September, 1899, aged 77 years. Like his brothers he was a cooper, and worked many years at his trade in Glasgow, but he came back to Sanquhar and was employed as a quarryman. . . . . His wife was Janet Cringan, and they are survived by their son, Mr James Mclver, resident in Queensberry Square.
  378. Jeremiah Dalziel.
    William Bryden.
  379. George Gall, drover.
  380. Edward Bryden, Queen Mary's Road.
  381. Robert Bell.
  382. James Russell.
  383. John Dobson.
  384. David Gilmour.
  385. Robert Wallace.
  386. Matthew Johnstone.
  387. Daniel Craig, Barr.
  388. Robert McMillan.
  389. James Kerr.
  390. John Kerr.
  391. Samuel Fallows.
  392. –. Addington.
  393. Walter Scott, cattle dealer.
  394. Alex. McGaughie.
  395. Andrew Walker.
    J. Steel.
  396. Thomas Broadfoot.
  397. John McCall, carpet weaver.
  398. William Cunningham, watchmaker.
    • In Memory of William Cunningham, watchmaker, who died 16th December, 1840, aged 73 years. Also Isabella Blackley, his spouse, who died 13th January, 1853, aged 71 years. Also, Alexander, their son, died 11th October, 1822, aged 5 years. Also Alexander, their son, died 3rd January, 1841, aged 18 years. Also George, their son, who died 3rd May, 1901, aged 72 years.
      • William Cunningham was a native of the city of Glasgow. He came to Sanquhar in the year 1803, with a view to starting business as a watch and clock-maker, should things be to his liking. Trade was brisk at the time, and he got promise of considerable support. Accordingly on the 23rd January, 1804, he took out his burgess ticket, and being admitted a freeman of the Incorporation of Hammermen, acquired all the rights and privileges of a free burgess, with freedom to carry on his trade. He opened a shop in the High Street, somewhere near the Corseburn. He was a skilful and painstaking workman, and in course of time had a large trade connection, not only in Sanquhar, but in all the neighbouring parishes. The records of the Hammermen show that he took a keen interest in the affairs of the craft; he was frequently in office, and remained an active and zealous guild brother until the incorporation ceased to exist in 1838. Those who knew him described him as a little man, very active on his feet. His wife, Isabella Blackley, was the daughter of John Blackley, mason, and his spouse, Mary Thomson, both of old Sanquhar families. They had a family of three sons – William, John, and George, and four daughters – Mary, Martha, Margaret, and Catherine. Of William [see grave No. 582]. John removed to Glasgow; his wife was named Kellock, and they had two daughters, of whom one survives and has a shop in Crossmyloof, Glasgow. George, who was a watchmaker, was also long resident in Glasgow; he was never married. Mary and Martha died spinsters. Margaret became the wife of William Main, and their son is Mr Robert Main, ironmaster, Stevenston. Catherine married William McFarlane; she still survives, and is resident in Manchester.
        [Also see grave No. 582].
  399. Robert Anderson.
  400. James White.
  401. Walter Blyth, gardener.
    James Sinton, bookbinder.
  402. William Wilson, Kirkconnel.
  403. James McKie.
  404. William Whigham, weaver.
  405. Samuel Howat, nailer.
  406. William Lorimer, farm servant.
  407. John Kerr, Newtown.
  408. Thomas Drape.
  409. John McKendrick, weaver.
  410. James Tweddel, draper.
    • In Loving Memory of William Tweddel, weaver, who died 24th Feb., 1871, aged 81 years. Also of Margaret McKendrick his wife, who died 19th May, 1867, aged 73 years. Also of James Tweddel, draper, his son, who died 12th Sep., 1901, aged 76 years. Also Margaret Derby, wife of the above James Tweddel, who died 6th May, 1911, aged 88 years.
      • [See also graves No. 573 & 687].
  411. John McAdam.
  412. Andrew Hunter, Windyedge.
    Thomas Stitt.
  413. Archibald Muir, collier.
  414. Adam Walker, wood forester.
  415. James Hoatson, Crawfordjohn.
  416. Robert McWhir.
  417. James Halbert.
  418. Laidlaw Harris.
  419. Jean Menzies.
  420. James Dargavel.
  421. William McQueen.
  422. William McWilliam.
    William Parke, Temperance Lecturer.
  423. J. P. Willison, Dalpeddar.
  424. Jamies Kerr, Corseburn.
  425. William Fallows.
  426. Unknown.
  427. William Robinson.
  428. James Dalzell, cabinet-maker.
  429. James Glencross, World's End.
  430. George Brown.
  431. Joshua Dawson.
  432. Tree.
  433. Robert Halliday.
  434. William Hastie.
  435. George Watson.
    Sergeant George Freeman.
  436. Rev. William Logan.
    • In Memory of the Rev. William Logan, Minister of the Free Church of Sanquhar. Born 1798, died 2nd Feb., 1863. His son James died June, 1847, aged 17 years. His daughter Anna died Nov., 1848, aged 9 years. His daughter Eliza died in Lesmahagow in 1826, and his daughter Anna in 1835. His son David died 10th June, 1911, aged 73 years.
      • The Rev. William Logan was the first minister of the Free Church in Sanquhar. He was a native of the parish of New Kilpatrick in Dumbartonshire, where his father was a farmer. He studied at Glasgow College, and, passing his examinations in 1820, joined the New Seceders, and was called to Lesmahagow, where he continued to minister until 1844, in which year he was called to be the first minister of Sanquhar Free Church. He remained in Sanquhar all his life thereafter. . . . .
  437. Alex. Hamilton.
    • In memory of Alexander Hamilton, who died at Bridge of Allan, 27th April, 1856, aged 58 years. Also of Catherine Scott Hamilton, his second daughter, who died at Bridge of Allan 8th May, 1853, aged 20 years. Also of Janet Hamilton, his daughter, who died at Sanquhar, 15th Oct., 1866. Also of Matilda Auld, his wife, who died at Sanquhar, 26th June, 1867.
    • In Memory of Matilda Auld Hamilton, born at Sanquhar, 29th March, died 11th April, 1869. Alexander Hamilton, born 17th July, 1870, died at Edinburgh, 28th June, 1880. Annie Matilda, born 23rd August, 1872, died at Sanquhar, 16th March, 1882, children of the Rev. Stevenson Smith and Helen E. Smith.
      • Adjoining the grave of the Rev. Wm. Logan, first minister of the Free Church in Sanquhar, are the graves of the children of his successor, the Rev. Stevenson Smith, and of Mrs Smith's parents and sisters.
        The Rev. Stevenson Smith, from Glasgow, was ordained minister of the Free Church in Sanquhar in September, 1863, and held the charge for twenty years, when he resigned and removed to Edinburgh, where he died in 1884. . . . . His wife, Helen E. Hamilton, who survived him till 1904, was a daughter of Alexander Hamilton, a native of Sanquhar, many years a merchant in London, and afterwards resident in Stirling, and Matilda Auld, the only daughter of Alexander Auld, a successful South American planter, who early last century returned to his native country, after having amassed a considerable fortune. Alexander Auld was the proprietor of the farm of Carcoside, which descended to his daughter; ultimately it became the property of the Duke of Buccleuch. . . . .
  438. Hair family.
    • A. H. 1660.
    • Here lyes William Hare, who dayed ye 12 of May, 1726, aged 63. Helen M'Al, [McCall] his spus. Ninian Hare, ther son. Elizabeth For[ ] his spus.
    • This burial place belongs to Mary Campbell. Erected by William Porteous and Mary, his spouse 176[ ].
    • In Memory of Archibald Hair, died in 1789, and of Dorothea Bramwell, his wife, who predeceased him. Also of John Hair, their eldest son, who died in 1830, and of Isabella Fergusson, his wife, who died in 1846.
    • In Memory of Archibald Hair, M.D., late Surgeon to the Royal Horse Guards. Born 31 October, 1785. Died 14 December, 1869.
    • In affectionate remembrance of John Hair, farmer, Greenhead, who died 4 July, 1879, aged 81 years, and Helen Scott, his wife, who died 26 May, 1867, aged 67 years. Also of Archibald, their son, who died in Natal, 8 December, 1875, aged 37 years. And George Hair, their grandson, who died at Greenhead, 14 October, 1871, aged 9 years.
    • In loving memory of James Hair, who died 15 April, 1874, aged 84 years, and of Agnes Ritchie, his wife, who died 22 May, 1862, aged 70 years. Also of Isabella, their daughter, who died in Sept., 1837, aged 20 years, and of James their son who died in Australia 26 June 1878, aged 46 years.
    • In affectionate remembrance of John Hair who died 24 June 1881 aged 68 years. Also of Susan McCron his wife who died 18 Dec. 1884 aged 72 years. Also of John their son who died 8 March 1862, aged 24 years. Also of Gilbert their son who died 6 March 1882 aged 37 years.
    • In loving memory of Archibald Hair who died 31 Oct. 1887, aged 65 years. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
      • The burial place of the Hairs contains the oldest dated tombstone in the Kirkyard – a plain headstone with the initials A. H. and the year 1660. The family is one of the very oldest in Upper Nithsdale. For many generations they possessed the lands of Glenwharry in Kirkconnel parish, and their names often appear in the public records of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At a later period they owned the lands of Carcoside, Knockenstob, and Orchard on Crawick Water, as well as property in the Burgh of Sanquhar. Throughout the eighteenth century, and up to quite modern times, the Town Council was seldom without some member bearing the name of Hair, and in the affairs of the Incorporated Trades they were likewise prominent.
        John, the eldest son of Archibald Hair and Dorothea Bramwell, was familiarly known as "Laird Hair." He was a mason, and was the progenitor of two generations of builders who had an extensive connection in Nithsdale and whose work is characterised by much neatness combined with solidity of structure. He was noted as a curler, a recreation in which some of his descendants have also excelled. Laird Hair and his father were at different periods members of the Town Council. Laird Hair died in 1830 at the age of seventy years.
        Archibald Hair, M.A., M.D., the Laird's eldest son, entered the medical service of the Army in 1812 as assistant surgeon to the 43rd Regiment, and he saw much of the later stiff fighting in the Peninsula, for which he received the war medal with four clasps for the battles of Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, and Orthes. He also served in America, and took part in the action before New Orleans. . . . . Dr Hair was appointed Head Surgeon to the Royal Horse Guards in 1826, and he held the post until his retirement from the Army in 1843. . . . . (He) lived and died a bachelor.
        John Hair, farmer in Greenhead, was a younger brother of the Doctor. His wife, Helen, was a daughter of John Scott of Flowerbank, Sanquhar. In his younger days he was associated as an architect with his brothers in the building trade; but latterly he went in for farming, and had tenanted Greenhead for many years previous to his death in 1879. He was survived by two sons – John and Thomas, and three daughters – Grace, wife of Mr Thomas Laidlaw, Stewarton; Euphemia, wife of the late Mr James Lawrie, Glasgow; and Charlotte, wife of Mr Thomas Stoddart, Sanquhar.
        John Hair, the eldest son of John in Greenhead, was born in Sanquhar on January 27, 1825. He received a liberal education, and at the age of nineteen he went up to London, where he obtained an important post in the Pay Office of the Court of Chancery, a position from which he was able to retire upon a handsome pension at a comparatively early age. . . . . (He) died at Hampstead on the 26th February, 1912, at the advanced age of 87 years. His body rests with generations of his forefathers and kinsmen in Sanquhar Kirkyard. He left a large fortune. He had entered the matrimonial state four times; his fourth wife outlived him only a few weeks. He is survived by three sons – John Hugh Hair, resident in Elgin, and Allan Hair, M.D., and Archibald Hair, in London; and two daughters – Miss Agnes Hair, London, and Janie Hair, wife of Dr Verling-Browne, Sutton.
        James Hair, who died in 1874, was a son of Laird Hair and brother of the Doctor. Like his father he was a mason, and, in partnership with his brothers, he carried out many building contracts. He tenanted the lands of Corse and had his residence at Corseburn. He was long a member of the Town Council, being first returned on Oct. 2, 1815, and he sat as a Bailie from Oct. 2, 1826, till Oct. 1, 1832, from which date onwards until his death he was known as "Bailie Hair." . . . .
        John Hair, who died in 1881, was a son of the Bailie. Hie was also a builder. He had the misfortune to lose one of his legs, and latterly carried on business as an ironmonger in premises in the High Street. He was of a jovial, good-natured disposition, and, notwithstanding his loss of limb, maintained a wonderful heartiness of spirit up to the last. His son, Archibald, was long schoolmaster of Durrisdeer.
        Archibald Hair, who died in 1887, was a younger son of the Bailie. He went out to Australia in the time of the gold rush, and there he was fairly successful. On returning to Sanquhar he opened a grocery business which he carried on at the same time with his building and mason work. He was a keen curler, a capital skip, and an excellent player. He was elected to the Town Council on Nov. 1, 1881, and the following year he was made Dean of Guild, which office he held at his decease. His death was tragically sudden. He had been superintending the repair of some building in the burgh, when a faintness seized him as he was coming off a scaffolding, and falling into the arms of one of the workmen, he was carried home and died almost immediately. Archibald Hair was of a quiet, unobtrusive disposition, very obliging and kind-hearted, and he was respected by the whole community. He is survived by his wife – Annie Whigham, daughter of the late Provost Samuel Whigham, and three daughters – Minnie, wife of the late John Young, stationer, Sanquhar; Agnes, wife of Gavin C. Fergusson, Glasgow; and Miss Maggie Whigham Hair, stationer, High Street, Sanquhar.
  439. John Cook, Lochan.
  440. Robert Stoddart, baker.
  441. William Thorburn.
  442. Thomas Shaw, draper.
  443. J. R. Wilson.
  444. William McCririck.
    • In memory of William McCririck, late Deacon of the shoemakers, who died 12th April, 1802, aged 38 years. Also of Margaret and Jean, his children, who died in infancy. Also of Agnes McKenrick, spouse to the said William McCririck, who died the 11th September, 1813, aged 60 years. Also of Elisabeth, daughter of William McCririck, who died 14th January, 1845, aged 19 years. Also of the above William McCririck, who died 3rd January, 1859, aged 66 years. Also of Janet Smith, his wife, who died 29th April, 1880, aged 84 years. Also of Bryce McCririck, their son, who died 24th December, 1895, aged 70 years. Also of Margaret McCririck or Pownall, who died 19th July, 1896, aged 63 years.
      • The McCriricks have been located in Upper Nithsdale for many generations. The family for a long period owned the estate of Cairn, in Kirkconnel parish; their name is still perpetuated in the farm of "McCririck's Cairn," where was the abode of the Lairds, and in the hill also named McCririck's Cairn, on the borders of Dumfriesshire and Ayrshire. Originally the family hailed from Galloway, and the name is generally supposed to have been taken from the barony of Rerick, in the Stewartry; . . . .
  445. William Fingland.
    • In Memory of William Fingland, who died 29th May, 1858, aged 62 years. Also of Elizabeth Kerr, his spouse, who died 22nd March, 1877, aged 74 years. Also of James Fingland, clothier, their son, who died at Sanquhar, 20th October, 1889, aged 62 years. Also of Jane Wilson, wife of the above James Fingland, who died 4th September, 1896, aged 68 years.
      • In his day there was no more loyal Sanquharian than James Fingland, clothier. The son of William Fingland, tailor, he came of an old Sanquhar stock, and was born and passed all his days in the burgh. Fond of outdoor recreation, he was a keen curler and bowler and an enthusiastic member of the Volunteer Company, being one of the first to join the corps on its formation, and ultimately holding the rank of Sergeant. He ever took an active interest in the town's business. He was elected to the Town Council on November 7, 1865, and was Burgh Treasurer from November 2, 1869, till November 7, 1871. He sat as a Councillor from November 5, 1872, till November 5, 1878. Returned again on November 4, 1884, he was made Senior Bailie, and was elected Provost on 1st November, 1887, and held the office till January 4, 1889, when he resigned. . . . .
        Provost Fingland's wife, Jane, was the daughter of John Wilson, Colour-Sergeant of the 16th Regiment of Foot. They had two sons – William, deceased, and John, resident in Glasgow; and one daughter – Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Mr Walter Scott, resident in Canada.
  446. James Fingland.
  447. Thomas Drife.
  448. Janet Halliday.
  449. Robert Nivison, colliery manager.
    • In memory of Robert Nivison, Overseer, Coalworks, Sanquhar, who died 16th December, 1862, aged 68 years. Also of Jean Nivison, his daughter, who died in infancy. Thomas, his son, died 15th February, 1836, aged 7 years. Samuel, died 8th July, 1846, aged 15 years, and William, died 11th June, 1852, aged 25 years. Also Agnes Aitkien, his spouse, died 16th February, 1867, aged 76 years.
    • In Loving Memory of John Nivison, Colliery Manager, Sanquhar, who died 14th November, 1898, aged 74 years.
      • Robert Nivison was a native of Wanlockhead. On leaving school, where he was an apt scholar, he was put to work in the lead mines, and he married and had a family of sons and daughters born to him in the "lanely wee toun." While his family was still young he removed to Sanquhar, and was employed by Mr George Whigham as banksman at one of the Drumbuie pits. Upon the death of Mr Whigham, in 1842, he was appointed general overseer of the coal works, which at that time consisted of two pits at Drumbuie, one at Crawick Bridgend, and another at Cairnburn. . . . .
        Robert Nivison was survived by his wife, to sons – James and John, and a daughter, Elizabeth, the wife of John McCririck. . . . . John Nivison is survived by his wife – Jessie Hair, of the old Sanquhar stock; five sons – Robert, James, William, John, and Samuel; and two daughters – Agnes and Annie.
  450. John McCririck.
  451. James Nivison.
  452. James Dryden.
  453. Thomas McKinlay.
  454. John Crichton of Skeoch.
    • The Crichtons of Crichton Hall, Sanquhar, were of the same stock as the Crichtons of Carco. Their burial place – No. 465 – enclosed by a freestone wall with iron railing, contains three monuments, one of pyramid shape and two of the ordinary table type. With the exception of the one name "Crichton," which is cut on the front panel of the central monument, these tombstones bear no inscription. They were erected in the lifetime of John Crichton of Crichton Hall, and were meant to carry records of his own family and of his paternal and maternal ancestors; but when he died, in 1834, nothing was done; and not until forty years after his death was the name of Crichton incised on the pyramid. In the eighteenth century the family had a prominent position in Sanquhar. John Crichton, clothier, was one of the three Ballies on Oct. 18, 1718, and for fifty years thereafter he took a leading part in the government of the Burgh, and was Provost from Sep. 30, 1734, till Oct. 4, 1742, and again from Oct. 1, 1744, till Sep. 30, 1765, on which latter date he made way for his son James. Altogether he was Provost for 29 years, being the longest period of service in the list of the Provosts of Sanquhar. His wife was Violet Lorimier, a daughter of John Lorimer, who was described at his death in 1729 as being resident "in Eliok," and they had three sons, viz.:– James, John, and Alexander. James Crichton, the eldest of these sons, was a writer; he married Margaret Orr, the daughter of James Orr, town-clerk of Sanquhar, whose spouse was Mary Logan of the family of Knockshinnoch. James Crichton was the first of the family to occupy the dwelling-house, situated near the Council House, afterwards known as "Crichton Hall," and which was previously the property of James Orr, his wife's father, upon whose death, in 1758, he was appointed to the post of town-clerk. In 1765 he was elected Provost in room of his father; and held office for seven years. And here it is curious to note that in those days it was competent for the town-clerk to be also a member of the Town Council and a Magistrate. James Crichton died in 1793, leaving two sons, John and James, and a daughter Margaret; his widow, Margaret Orr, survived him till 1814. John, the elder of the above two sons of James Crichton, was born 29th May, 1763; he, also, was a writer, and on his fathers resignation of the post in 1789 he was appointed town-clerk, and held the office till 1807, when he resigned. He married Barbara Kennedy of the family of Knocknalling, and by her had an only child, Margaret, who died unmarried on June 21, 1826. John Crichton died intestate 8th February, 1834, and his widow on 9th March, 1842. James Crichton, the brother of the last-named John, was born 21st April, 1765. He was a medical doctor, and early in life went out to China, where he continued to reside a great many years, and after having acquired a large fortune, he returned to Sanquhar in 1808; the following year he purchased the estate of Friars' Carse; and in 1810 he married Elizabeth Grierson, daughter of Sir Robert Grierson, the fifth baronet of Lag. They had no family, and hie died at Friars' Carse in 1823. Margaret Crichton, the sister of John and James, was born May 19, 1776; she was the first wife of James Otto in Newark, near Sanquhar, and died without issue 18th June, 1839. . . . .
  455. William Kirkhope.
  456. Suicide – Name unknown.
  457. James Kerr.
  458. John Kerr, miller.
  459. William Sloan, Windyedge.
  460. Archibald Williamson, Crawickmill.
  461. James Inglis, weaver
  462. William McCririck.
  463. Charles McIver.
    • In Memory of Bridget McGown, spouse of Charles McIver, who died 3rd July, 1841, aged 58 years. Also of the said Charles McIver, who died 18th November, 1850, aged 76 years. Also of William, son of John McIver, who died 6th July, 1844, aged 2 years. Also of Catherine, his daughter, who died 22nd January, 1866, aged 21 years. Also of Mary, his daughter, who died 1st May, 1875, aged 21 years. Also of Jane, his daughter, and relict of Robert Morrison, who died 14th December, 1877, aged 41 years. Also of Mary Kerr, his wife, who died 18th June, 1881, aged 66 years. Also of the said John McIver, who died 3rd November, 1890, aged 80 years.
    • In Loving Memory of William Broadfoot McIver (son of John), merchant, Glasgow and West Africa, who died at sea off Madeira, 19th March, 1883, aged 36 years. Also of his infant son, Alexander Paton, who died 9th February, 1883. Both interred in Funchal Cemetery.
  464. Matthew McIver, cooper.
    • In affectionate remembrance of Matthew McIver, cooper, who died 16th September, 1905, aged 93 years. Also Agnes Wilson, his wife, who died 14th August, 1889, aged 77 years.
      • The name of McIver has been a familiar one in Sanquhar for over a century. The family is of the stock of the well-known Highland clan of that name. An ancestor emigrated from Scotland to the North of Ireland at the time when King James the Sixth was forming his colony of Scottish settlers in the province of Ulster, and he there took a farm which was in the hands of his descendants for several generations. Towards the end of the eighteenth century these descendants consisted of John, Matthew, and Charles McIver, also a Miss McIver, who were all residing at Banbridge.
        Charles McIver, whose name is recorded on the tombstone, was the son of John McIver, who was a medical doctor. Charlie, as he was familiarly called, was of an adventurous spirit. Unlike the generality of Ulstermen, he desired to see Ireland independent of Great Britain; and, much to the annoyance of his father, he joined the forces of the rebel army in the rising of "ninety-eight." After that short-lived outbreak he became a marked man, had to keep in hiding, and came over to Scotland. . . . . Charlie did not return to Ireland. He made his way into Nithsdale; found a wife in Closeburn; got married at Terregles, and finally settled in Sanquhar, finding a livelihood at draining, road making, and contract work of that description. He was of a lively disposition, fond of fun, and much addicted to practical joking; but he latterly developed into a quiet, sedate citizen, and was a member of the Town Council from November 25 1839, until within twelve months of his death in 1850.
        John McIver, Charlie's eldest son, was a cooper, and carried on business in the court opposite the Cameron monument known as the "Cooper's Close." He was in partnership with his younger brother Matthew, and they did a large trade, which, however, dwindled considerably in later years owing to the introduction of zinc and other metal utensils in place of those made of wood. John was of a retiring nature, and seldom took part in public affairs; but he was for a short time in the Town Council, and at an election in which he was a candidate there ensued a situation quite without precedent in the municipal history of Sanquhar. John McIver entered the Town Council on December 28, 1869, along with Robert Hyslop, a weaver, whose residence was in Back Lane, now called Simpson's Road; the pair were elected in room of Thomas Waugh and Thomas Shaw, who had resigned. . . . .
        (John McIver's) son, William Broadfoot McIver, was in business as a merchant trader in West Africa; he was very prosperous, but was cut off at the early age of 36 years.
        Matthew McIver, the second son of Charles, served his time to the weaving, but later he became a cooper, and, as stated above, was in partnership with his brother John. He carried on the business for some years after John's death, and was a wonderfully active man for his years, but old age finally compelled him to give in. For a few years before he died he resided at Dinninrig with his daughter Bridget, widow of Thomas Kerr, gamekeeper, and he died there. His wife, Agnes Wilson, was the daughter of James and the grand-daughter of Gavin Wilson; the latter was a native of the Carse of Gowrie, and came down to Nithsdale to instruct the farmers in the use of the swing plough when it was first brought out; Gavin's wife was Elizabeth Thomson, and their son James was married to Betty Laurie, daughter of Robert Laurie, schoolmaster at Leadhills.
        Mr Matthew McIver, J.P., of Roddings, is a son of Matthew, and when the latter was alive it was no uncommon thing to see together four generations all bearing the same name; these were – old Matthew; his son, the Laird of Roddings; his grandson, Mr Matthew McIver, insurance superintendent, Dumfries; and his great-grandson, the latter's little boy.
        Another son of Charles McIver was Charles . . . . [See grave No. 388 for Charles (Charlie) McIver].
  465. James Crichton, innkeeper.
  466. Robert Blackwood, miner.
  467. James Corson.
  468. James Clark.
  469. Jonathan Clark.
    George Ballantyne, merchant.
  470. John Wilson Macqueen, Bank Agent.
    • In Memory of William Otto, surgeon, Sanquhar, who died 8 June, 1819, aged 55 years, and of Sarah Ellison, his wife, who died 30 March, 1829, aged 68 years.
    • In Memory of John Otto, surgeon, Pathhead, Midlothian, who died on 5 February, 1872, aged 66 years.
    • In Memory of John Wilson Macqueen, Bank and Law Agent, Sanquhar, who died on 22 February, 1861, aged 62 years. Of Sarah Ellison, his infant daughter, who died on 22 March, 1831. Of Jane Otto, his widow, who died in Edinburgh, on 1 April, 1883, aged 80 years. Jessie Macqueen, their daughter, died in Edinburgh on 26 January, 1889, aged 55 years.
      • William Otto was born at Leadhills, where his father, a native of Germany, held a situation in connection with the lead mines. He was resident in London for some years, but owing to his health he returned to his native district towards the close of the eighteenth century, and settled in Sanquhar, where he practised his profession of surgeon. Wonderfully skilful in the treatment of diseases, his services were in demand, not only in Sanquhar, but in all the neighbouring parishes. . . . .
  471. Samuel Wilson, mason.
  472. Peter Laing painter.
  473. William Russell.
  474. William Murdoch, mason.
  475. Abraham Crichton.
    Dr James McLeod.
    • Here lies William Crichton of Gareland, aged 103 years. Also William Crichton, his son, aged 84 years. Abraham Crichton, late Provost in Sanquhar, aged 50 years. Also Grizel Maitland, spouse to the above Abraham Crichton, aged 80 years.
      • The stone bearing the above inscription lies on the south side of the kirk, near the east end. It is broken in half, and, moss-covered and neglected, has been lying so for many years. Gareland, or Gairland, is an out-of-the-way farm near the head of Spango Water. For a lengthy period it was owned by the above family, an offshoot of the Crichtons of Sanquhar Castle, and they also possessed considerable property in houses and lands in Sanquhar burgh. The Abraham Crichton commemorated as above took an active part in the affairs of our town. He was Provost from 1714 to 1718, and wag prominently connected with the measures taken by the authorities to repel the Rebellion of "the Fifteen." . . . .
  476. Hugh Baird.
  477. John Brown, blacksmith.
  478. Robert McKendrick.
    • In memory of Robert McKendrick, who died at Sanqubar, 17th December, 1874, aged 55 years. In Life beloved, in Death lamented. Also Margaret Clarkson, wife of the above, who died 27th March, 1904, aged 83 years.
      • The family of McKendrick is one of the very oldest in Sanquhar. The name is found a long way back in connection with the Burgh, appearing in deeds of the 16th and 17th centuries, and is among the names in a list of Sanquhar parishioners of date 15th July, 1548. The name is variously spelt M'Conryg, Makenrik, M'Kennerick, and M'Kenrick, the introduction of the letter "d" being quite a modern usage.
        The John McKendrick whose grave is marked by the small stone bearing his name and the year of his death [grave 490 below] was the ancestor of the present day generations in Sanquhar bearing the name of McKendrick. He was the son of Robert and Janet McKendrick. He married, on 16th September, 1775, Mary Milligan, daughter of Thomas Milligan, Sanquhar, and had a family of three sons – Robert, John, and Thomas, and four daughters – Marion, Janet, Mary, and Margaret. The three brothers, Robert, John, and Thomas McKendrick, were all in the Dumfriesshire Militia, and did duty with the regiment in various parts of the country Robert, the eldest, had the rank of drill sergeant; . . . . His wife was a Scott, a kinswoman of the late Provost Thomas Scott. John McKendrick, the second son of the above John, was born 6th May, 1785. He was a weaver, and followed that occupation after the disbanding of the Militia. His wife was Janet Blakely, second daughter of John Blakely, mason in Sanquhar, and Mary Thomson. . . . .
        John McKendrick and Janet, his wife, had a family of three sons–John, Robert, and William, and five daughters–Mary, Marion, Catherine, Janet, and Martha. Robert McKendrick, the second son, was a weaver; he married Margaret Clarkson, daughter of Robert Clarkson, Sanquhar, and they had a family of seven sons and two daughters, who, with the exception of the fifth son, Robert, all survive, viz. – John McKendrick, Corseburn, Sanquhar; Thomas Cook McKendrick, proprietor of the Sanquhar Laundry; David McKendrick, Temperance Hotel, Sanquhar; William McKendrick, house factor, resident in Glasgow; Robert McKendrick, joiner, Sanquhar; James McKendrick, J.P., Bailie in Motherwell; Joseph McKendrick, Burgh Treasurer, Sanquhar; Margaret McKendrick, wife of Jacob Murdoch, Sanquhar; and Jessie McKendrick, wife of James McCall, Pyetscleuch, Sanquhar. . . . .
        [Also see grave No. 66 in the new section below].
  479. John McKendrick. [1850].
  480. Robert Whigham of Hallidayhill.
    • In Memory of George Whigham, who died 1783, aged 78 years. And Margaret Hamilton, his wife, who died 25th January, 1774, aged 67 years. Also Janet McMorine, his widow, who died January, 1784.
    • In Memory of Robert Whigham, Esquire of Halliday Hill, Provost of Sanquhar, who died 7th January, 1815 aged 79 years. And Elizabeth Kennedy, his wife, who died 22nd July, 1822 aged 56 years. Also, Margaret, their eldest child, who died 7th August, 1795, aged 4 years. Also Robert, their third child, who died 22nd January, 1795, aged one year. Also Elizabeth, their sixth child, who died 26th June, 1817, aged 17 years.
    • In Memory of George Whigham, Esquire of Halliday Hill, who died at Burnfoot, 8th January, 1842, aged 49 years. Also his wife, Jane Anderson, who died at Burnfoot, 6th February, 1854, aged 62 years. Also Elizabeth, their eldest daughter, who died at Allanton, 14th December, 1830, aged 13 years. Also Robert Whigham, Captain 70th Regiment and Lahore Light Horse, their only son, born January 16th, 1831. Died at Benares, Bengal, October 10, 1859, and was buried in the Cantonment Burying Ground there. Also Jemima Lucy Maxwell Whigham, their eighth daughter, born 10th December, 1827, who died at Burnfoot, 13th November, 1880. Also Elizabeth Whigham, their tenth daughter, born 26th July, 1833, who died at Burnfoot, 25th March, 1884.
      1. The complete family of George Wigham is as follows:
      2. Robert, who entered the Army, held a Captain's commission in the 70th Regiment and Lahore Light Horse, and died in India at the early age of 28 years in 1859.
      3. Jane Finnan, married B. Rigby Murray, J.P., D.L., of Parton, Kirkcudbrightshire, youngest son of George Murray of Ancoats Hall, Manchester. She died at Parton, 30th May, 1891.
      4. Barbara, married Robert Irving, J.P., of Plumdon, Annan, formerly of Cove. She died 18th May, 1903.
      5. Mary, married James Kennedy, J.P., of Sundaywell, long resident at Brandleys, and the first captain of the Sanquhar Company of Rifle Volunteers. She died at Dumfries, 25th March, 1905.
      6. Lilias, married Patrick V. Dudgeon, son of General Patrick Dudgeon.
      7. John Anne, married Frederick McConnel, J.P. of Robgill Tower, and subsequently of Blackyett, Ecclefechan.
      8. Margaret Kennedy, married John Lawson Kennedy, D.L., J.P., of Knocknalling. She died 25th April, 1905.
      9. Jemima Lucy Maxwell, died at Burnfoot, unmarried, 13th November, 1880.
      10. Helen G. E., married Rev. H. Bowen Cooke, Rector of Darfield, Yorkshire.
      11. Elizabeth, died at Burnfoot, unmarried, 25th March, 1884.
    • Sacred to the Memory of George Frederic McConnel, who died at Burnfoot on the 23rd of September, 1850, aged 4 years.
    • In Memory of Barbara Kennedy, widow of John Crichton, Esquire of Skeoch and Floors, who died 9th March, 1842, aged 74 years.
      • The above inscriptions are incised on marble tablets let into a freestone screen that encloses the burial place of the family of Whigham, lessees of the coal fields, and long resident at Burnfoot.
        The name of Whigham is found a long way back in the annals of Sanquhar. Originally the name was spelt Wigholme, and is so found in our earliest Sanquhar registers. . . . . [Many pages of family history].
  481. James Whigham.
  482. Edward Whigham.
    • In Memory of Edward Whigham, late Provost of Sanquhar, who died 3rd October, 1823, aged 73 years. Also, Jane Osborne, his wife, who died 6th October, 1846, aged 88 years. Also, Jane Brown, wife of Edward Whigham, junior, late merchant here, who died 15th February, 1871, aged 74 years. Also of the said Edward Whigham, who died 28th December, 1874, aged 81 years.
      • Edward Whigham, Provost of Sanquhar, was a native of Leadhills. He came to Sanquhar when he was a boy, and, while still a young man, obtained a lease of the principal hostelry in the town – the Queensberry Arms, or "New Inn," as it was at that time called on account of its having been recently reconstructed and partly rebuilt. Known at the present day as the Queensberry Arms Hotel, and, colloquially, as "The Inns," the house of which Edward Whigham became the host, was one of the best known taverns and coaching houses between Dumfries and Glasgow. If reliable data could be obtained it would probably be shown that it is one of the very oldest licensed places in the country. . . . .
        [Another son of Edward Wigham] John died on the 19th September, 1857; Robert, a younger brother, who had settled in Glasgow, died some years later. There was another son of Provost Edward Whigham, named George. He was an assistant surgeon in the service of the Hon. East India Company upon the Bombay establishment. He died in 1836.
  483. John Young, Knockenhair.
  484. Unknown.
  485. James Kerr.
  486. Samuel Kerr.
  487. John McCall, Kiln.
  488. Samuel McCall, Ulzieside.
  489. Rev. James Reid.
    • Christina Lindsay: In Affectionate Remembrance of my father, the Rev. James Reid, for thirty-four years Minister of the South United Presbyterian Church here, died at Lanark 9th Feb., 1849. Also of my mother, Janet McCall Reid, who died at Ridge Park, Lanark, 21st January, 1880, aged 78.
      • The fourth minister of the South U.P. Church was the Rev. James Reid. He came from Newmilns, and was ordained on the 10th of January, 1816. He ministered with much acceptance and success for twenty-one years, when failing health obliged him to have a helper; and on January 10, 1838, the Rev. David Murray Groom, from Perth, was called as his colleague and successor. . . . .
        Mr Reid's wife, Janet McCall, was a daughter of John McCall, farmer in Castle-Gilmour (also named Auchengruith), Sanquhar, and Margaret Jamieson, his wife. Mr Reid died at Lanark in 1849, and his widow there in 1880. They had an only child, Christina, who became the wife of Mr Charles Lindsay of Lanark. . . . .
  490. John McCall, Auchengruith.
    Mrs William Barker.
  491. William Broom of Penbreck.
    • In Memory of William Broom, Esquire of Penbreck and Carco Mains, who died 3rd July, 1825, aged 79 years, and Janet Johnstone, his wife, who died 12th March, 1802, aged 41 years. Also of John Broom, their son, who died 10th March, 1802, aged 14 years. Janet Broom, their daughter, who died 9th August, 1818, aged 19 years. Jane Broom, their daughter, who died 5th May, 1845, aged 49 years. William Broom, their son, who died 6th June, 1869, aged 79 years, and of James Broom, Esquire of Dalwhat, their son, who died 5th October, 1871, aged 73 years. Margaret Broom died at Dalwhat, 28th September, 1891, aged 94 years.
      • William Broom of Penbreck and Carco Mains was a merchant in Sanquhar, and was entered a burgess in 1786. He owned much property in houses and land in the burgh. He died in 1825, and was succeeded in his lands by his eldest son William, who carried on a drapery business. William Broom was elected Provost on October 1, 1832, and was the first dissenter to fill the chief magistrate's chair in Sanquhar; he held office till Nov. 1, 1836, and was against [sic] Provost from Nov. 6, 1838, till November 6, 1840, when he resigned because the burgh officer, John Donaldson, had been continued in office contrary to his wishes, and he sat as a Councillor till November 5, 1844, when he retired from the municipal government. . . . .
        Mr James Broom, brother of the Provost, was a successful merchant in Glasgow, with an extensive connection in the United States . . . . Neither Provost Broom nor his brother were married. Sisters of the Provost were Mary, the wife of Mr John Halliday, of the Post Office, and Katherine, wife of the Rev. William McCall of Caitloch. Another sister, Miss Margaret Broom, who died at Dalwhat in 1891, at the advanced age of 94 years, was the last of the family.
  492. David Crichton, Crawick Mill.
  493. James Symington
  494. Adam Austin, Blawearie.
    • In memory of William Austin, who died at Leadhills, 1st March, 1817, aged 45 years Also of Agnes Coupland, his wife, who died 26th October, 1840, aged 56 years. Also of the children of Adam Austin, viz.– Archibald, who died 13th November, 1841, aged 3 months; Helen, who died 5th January, 1846, aged 3 months; James, who died 15th December, 1856, aged 21 years; Robert, who died at London, 16th April, 1864, aged 37 years: also Janet, who died at Liverpool, 24th February, 1872, aged 32 years; also, of Hellen Slimmon, wife of the said Adam Austin, who died 15th December, 1884, aged 83 years; also of the said Adam Austin, who died 10th March, 1885, aged 82 years. Adam Austin, son of the above, died 6th May, 1899, in Philadelphia, U.S. of America.
      • [See also grave No. 62.]
        William Austin, who died at Leadhills in 1817, was the head of what is now a fairly large and widely-scattered progeny. He was connected with the lead mining industry, and met his death by accident in one of the mines. His widow, left with a family of three sons and four daughters, removed to Sanquhar, and succeeded in giving them all a good education and a respectable start in life. Adam Austin, the eldest son, was the best known member of the family. He commenced to earn his own living as a carter when quite a youth, and by patient industry and a conscientious care of his customers' interests, he, in course of a few years, secured a good connection, and latterly became one of the leading contractors in the district. . . . .
        At the present day there survive of Adam Austin's family – Mr John Austin, long resident in London, now in Manchester; Mr Edward Austin, Kansas City, United States; Mrs Margaret Austin or Barbour, Great Yarmouth; and Miss Agnes Austin of Blawearie, Sanquhar. The above John Austin has a son, William John Austin, and two daughters, Florence Elizabeth, wife of Tom Wilson; Gorton, Manchester, and Miss Ellen Martha Austin, resident in London. Mrs Barbour has one son, Mr Adam Austin Barbour, teacher, and two daughters, Misses Ellen and Mary Barbour, all resident in Yarmouth. Another son of Adam Austin was Archibald, who died in Philadelphia in 1902; he is survived by three sons – Edward, Harry, and Archibald, and two daughters – Ellen (Mrs Shiflet) and Annie, all resident in the United States.
  495. William Wilson, bookseller.
    • In Memory of William Wilson, late Bookseller in Sanquhar, who died 4th January, 1908, aged 77 years. Agnes McCririck, his wife, died 7th April, 1910, aged 81 years.
    • In memory of William Wilson, who died 3rd march, 1859, aged 18 months.
    • Also of Adam Pyle, horsedealer, who died 2nd June, 1859, aged 44 years. Also of Margaret Lauder, relict of above Adam Pyle, who died 30th May, 1864, aged 56 years. Thomas McCririck Wilson, son of William Wilson, died 10th January, 1863, aged 13 months.
      • This is the burial place of (the author's) parents. William Wilson was the son and only child of Robert Wilson and Margaret Lauder, and was born in the High Street of Sanquhar on the 31st of October, 1830. His forebears on both sides had long been located in the Sanquhar district. Robert Wilson was a native of Wanlockhead, and was the son of William Wilson there. They were direct descendants of Matthew Wilson, who in the seventeenth century migrated from Allendale in Northumberland and settled in Wanlockhead, where in 1691 he obtained a nineteen years' lease of the lead mines, which he worked with much success; one of the old workings still bears his name. . . . .
  496. David Somerville.
  497. Jacob Murdoch, builder.
  498. William Harper, Breconside.
  499. James Stewart.
  500. James Brown, weaver.
  501. William Brown, sexton.
  502. William Robertson, Crawickmill.
  503. No room.
  504. James Reid.
  505. James Halliday.
  506. John Thomson, Carco.
  507. James Hamilton, saddler.
  508. James Sloan, tinsmith.
  509. James McCall, Pyetscleugh.
  510. Thomas Allison, army pensioner.
  511. William Blackwood.
  512. Alex. Harvey, watchmaker.
  513. James Black, burgh officer.
  514. John Murray, shepherd.
  515. John Wilson, Castlebrae.
  516. William Wilson, Nether Farding.
  517. John McNae.
  518. John Slimmon.
  519. James Slimmon.
  520. Samuel Cook.
  521. Alexander Giffen.
  522. John Hunter.
  523. George Clennell.
    • In Loving Remembrance of Thomas George Clennell, who died 5th November, 1868, aged 11 months. Also of George Edward, who died 20th October, 1871, aged 3 months. George Clennell, father of the above, who passed away 23rd December, 1900, aged 71 years.
      • George Clennell was a native of the county of Durham. He came to Sanquhar in 1852 as manager of the Brick Works erected in that year by Robert Dickenson of the Consett Fire Brick Manufactory, Shotley-Bridge, Durham. Ultimately he became sole proprietor of the works. . . . .
        Associated with Mr George Clennell in the management of the Brick Works was his brother, Mr Joseph Clennell, now resident at Rabey Villa, almost a nonagenarian, but still hale and hearty . . . .
        George Clennell some years before he died sold the Brick Works to a Mr Brodie, who carried them on with success for several years; Messrs Isherwood Brothers afterwards owned them, and latterly Mr Scott; now they are the property of the Sanquhar and Kirkoonnel Collieries Company. Mr Clennell left Sanquhar in 1889, and for some years was engaged in the wholesale wine trade. He died, as his tombstone states, on the 23rd December, 1900, at the age of seventy-one. His wife was Miss Sarah Elizabeth Pearson, Bradford. She died in London in 1908. They had a family of 3 sons and five daughters.
  524. Thomas Moffat.
  525. John Carnochan.
  526. Peter Haddow.
  527. James Haddow.
  528. John Hamilton.
  529. Captain James Hamilton.
    • Sacred to the memory of James Hamilton, Esquire, Provost of Sanquhar, and Captain in the Nithsdale Volunteers and Local Militia Corps, who died the 26th April, 1815, aged 45. Erected by a few friends as a mark of their highest esteem. 1816.
    • Sacred to the memory of Robert Hamilton, eldest son of James Hamilton, who died in the West Indies, 1827, aged 29 years.
    • In memory of Jane Thompson, wife of James Hamilton, who died 18th August, 1853, aged 83 years. Also four children, who died in infancy. Also of Jane Hamilton, their daughter, who died on 7th November, 1867, aged 64 years.
    • In memory of John Hamilton, formerly merchant in Glasgow, who died at Crawick Cottage on 16th January, 1876, aged 75 years, and Marion Crichton, his wife, who died at Sanquhar on 28th April, 1875, aged 63 years; and James and Janet, their children, who died in infancy, and were interred in Glasgow Necropolis.
      • The monument with the above inscriptions is at once the largest and most eminent sepulchral erection in Sanquhar Kirkyard; it stands close to the footpath leading to the west entrance of the kirk, and cannot fail to arrest the attention of every visitor to the ancient field of graves.
        James Hamilton, or, as he sometimes signed his name, "James Abbot Hamilton," was a native of Sanquhar, and was born in the year 1770. His father, Robert Hamilton, was for some time in Newport Pagnell, in Buckinghamshire, and was cousin to Provost Robert Whigham of Sanquhar; his mother was a Sanquhar woman of the name of Witherington, "a lineal descendant," says Dr Simpson, "of one of the heroes of Chevy Chase," . . . .
        James Hamilton entered the service of his relative, Provost Whigham, merchant, as a clerk in 1786, where an elder brother, William, was also employed. Later on, he went in for farming. He married, in 1792, Jean Thomson of Glenim, and on the wedding day he gallantly carried off his bride on horseback before him from Glenim to the farm of Drumbuie, of which, at that time, he was tenant. He resided there until 1796, when he removed to Crawickmill, and afterwards to the Holm. In 1798 he commenced the business of carpet making at the "Factory" at Crawick Bridge, an industry begun in a small way that quickly increased, and was successfully carried on for sixty years. Mr Hamilton ever took an active interest in the affairs of Sanquhar Burgh. He was admitted a burgess of Sanquhar on the 4th February, 1799, and at Michaelmas, the same year, was made a member of the Town Council, sitting as a Councillor until October 5, 1801, when he was elected Dean of Guild, an office he held until the Michaelmas election of 1806, when for a time he retired. In February, 1812, he and Hugh Workman, residing at Drumlanrig, were elected Councillors "in room of the Earl of Dalkeith and the Marquis of Queensberry, resigned"; and on 5th October, 1812, he was elected Provost, which honourable position he held till his untimely death. His name appears on the burgess rolls of the burghs of Dumfries and Annan.
        His father, Robert Hamilton, was also for some time a member of Sanquhar Town Council, and his brother William was for many years one of the Bailies. Provost Hamilton was a good business man, and was a useful member of the Council; his establishment of the carpet manufactory was a great help to the district. But it is in his connection with the Volunteers that he is now best remembered. The original corps of Volunteers in Sanquhar was formed in August, 1803; it was one of the companies of what was known as the "Nithsdale Battalion of Volunteer Infantry." . . . .
  530. John McCall, Crawickmill.
  531. Robert Wallace, dyker.
  532. Josiah Lorimer, teacher.
  533. James Thorburn.
  534. George Young, Mossholm
  535. Thomas Walker.
  536. David Wilson, Dalbeattie.
    • Sacred to the Memory of David Wilson, a native of Dalbeattie, and late tea dealer, Dartford, Kent, who died at Sanquhar Castle on the 8th March, 1841, aged 35 years.
      • Like many who in days gone by engaged in the tea business, David Wilson made an early fortune. He had retired from business, and occupied a cottage near the Castle. He was fond of sport, and had permission to shoot over certain ground in the neighbourhood. He was not particularly observant of the fourth commandment, and more than once had scandalised the towns-folk by shooting on Sundays. One Sabbath morning he was out with his fowling piece; something went wrong, and he was in the act of examining the gun when it went off; the charge lodged in his chest, and he died the following day. For a long time David Wilson's untimely end was held out as a warning to all breakers of the Sabbath.
  537. Thomas Johnstone.
  538. James Hunter, shepherd.
  539. John Lindsay.
  540. Robert Hunter.
  541. James Edgar, saddler.
  542. Thomas Ritchie.
  543. Thomas Thomson, Holm.
  544. Daniel Tod, baker.
    • In Memory of Marion Stewart, spouse of Daniel Tod, Sanquhar, who died 8th August, 1849, aged 46 years. Also Margaret Rae, spouse of the said D. Tod, died 10th February, 1862, aged 28 years. William, their son, died 17th April, 1859, aged 11 months. Also the above Daniel Tod, died 14th January, 1876, aged 75 years. Beloved, Lamented.
      • Daniel Tod was a native of the Upper Ward of Clydesdale, and served his apprenticeship as a baker in the town of Lanark with a tradesman of the name of Purdie. He came to Sanquhar when quite a youth, and set up business on his own account. He was a good baker, and for over half a century made loaves, shortbread, scones, and bawbee baps for the townsfolk . . . . He left one son, William Rae Tod who has had a successful business career in the city of Edinburgh.
  545. Provost John Williamson.
    • In Loving Memory of Margaret Paterson Gibb, wifie of John Williamson, merchant, Sanquhar, who died on the 16th August, 1879, in the 60th year of her age. Also of the said John Williamson, who died at Sanquhar on the 22nd April, 1881, in the 68th year of his age. Also of their third son, John Williamson, who died on the 9th January, 1851, aged 22 days. Also of their second son, Thomas Gibb, who died at Toronto, Canada, 6th September, 1904, aged 59 years. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.
      • [See also grave No. 374a].
        Robert Williamson, who died at Bank of Yochanhead in 1809, was a direct descendant of Alexander Williamson, the Covenanter of Cruffel, and his tombstone is erected against the east wall of the Kirk close to that of Alexander, one of the Covenanter's sons (vide page 121), who in all likelihood was his grandfather. His eldest son, William, was the tenant of t'he farm of Thirlesholm in Kirkconnel parish, and, latterly, manager and part proprietor of the Crawick Mill Carpet Manufactory. William Williamson died on the 17th March, 1840, and is buried in Kirkconnel Kirkyard. John Williamson, the son of William, carried on business as a draper and bookseller in the premises in High Street now occupied by Miss Hair, and he succeeded his father as the wool buyer for the Carpet Works. He was genial and courteous to his customers, did an extensive business, and was well-known and respected throughout the whole neighbourhood. For many years he took a prominent part in municipal matters, and was one of the most public-spirited Provosts the town has ever had He first became a member of the Town Council on November 1, 1842, when he was appointed Burgh Treasurer, holding that office till November 8, 1850, when he succeeded his father-in-law, Mr Thomas Gibb, as Provost, and was chief magistrate until November 5, 1858, when for four years he sat as a Councillor, being again elected Provost on December 16, 1862, and holding office till November 6, 1866; the next two years he had a Councillor's seat, finally retiring in December, 1868, after a period of twenty-six years' municipal service. . . . .
        Provost Williamson's wife, who predeceased him, was Margaret Paterson Gibb, daughter of Provost Gibb. They left a family of three sons and four daughters. The sons had been settled in Canada for many years, and after their father's death their sisters joined them. Of the Provost's family there now survive – William, a publisher in Toronto; Henry, an accountant and auditor; the Misses Catherine, Sarah, and Margaret, and Mrs John Frank of Victoria, B.C. The second son, Thomas, went to Canada after years in China; he was a public accountant, often called in by the Provincial Government to clear up difficult Country and Township accounts; he died in Toronto in 1904.
  546. a. Provost Thomas Gibb.
    • In Loving Memory of Jane Anderson, wife of Thomas Gibb, farmer, Castlebrae, who died on the 28th January, 1865, in the 80th year of her age. Also of the said Thomas Gibb, who died on the 29th April, 1872, in the 79th year of his age. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
      • Thomas Gibb was a native of Greenlaw in Berwickshire. He came to Sanquhar some time in the twenties as butler in the service of Colonel Veitch of Eliock. A few years later he became landlord of the Queensberry Arms Inn, succeeding James McGlashan, the previous innkeeper, who had been drowned in the Nith while watering horses. In those days, when coaches were daily passing between Carlisle and Glasgow, the Inn was generally well filled with travellers, and the "Inn's Close" was a constant scene of bustle. Mr Gibb had a large posting establishment, and he horsed the coach between Sanquhar and New Cumnock – the stiffest run between Carlisle and Glasgow. He was a courteous and obliging host, got on well with the coach passengers, and was a general favourite. He took a zealous interest in the Burgh's welfare; he entered the Town Council on November 5, 1839, when he was elected one of the Bailies, and on November 18 the following year he was raised to the Provostship in room of Mr William Broom who then resigned. . . . .
  547. Adam Black, mason.
  548. William Morrison.
  549. James Beattie.
  550. George Kerr.
  551. Dr William Kay.
    • In memory of John Ann Samson, daughter of William Kay, surgeon, Sanquhar, who died 26th April, 1856, aged twenty months. Of David Kay, who died in infancy. Of Margaret Kay, who died 22nd September, 1872, aged 22 years. Also, of Janet Samson, wife of the said William Kay, who died 28th November, 1891, aged 72 years. And of the said William Kay, who died 31st August, 1905, aged 86 years. Of William Kay, their son, who died 19th May, 1905, aged 48 years. Of Alexander Kay, their son, who died 22nd June, 1906, aged 58 years.
      • Dr Kay was a native of Ochiltree parish in Ayrshire. He came to Sanquhar in 1841, shortly before the death of Dr Thomson, at whose decease he acquired the greater part of the latter's practice. It was early discovered that in Dr Kay the community had in their midst a man of no ordinary stamp. Skilful in his profession, his abilities were soon noticed, and his services were engaged by all classes. For the long period of 62 years – till just two years before he died – he practised as a physician and surgeon in the parishes of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel, and often beyond, and for many years he was the best known medical man in Upper Nithsdale and its immediate confines. . . . . William Kay, the son, who predeceased the Doctor, had for many years been resident in South Africa, where he died. Alexander, the eldest son, who survived his father by a little over a year, had been educated and trained to the law, but failing eyesight compelled him to abandon his profession, and, while still a young man, he returned to the paternal roof, where he remained until his death. His knowledge of legal matters was very considerable, and his advice was frequently sought by parties unfortunate enough to be entangled in the meshes of the law; to these his counsel was freely and gratuitously given, and more than one would-be litigant had reason to be thankful for his kindly, cautious warning.
        Dr Kay was a warm admirer of Robert Burns, and he was proud of a relationship to him – his uncle, William Lees, of Mauchline, having been married to Janet Armour, a sister of "Bonnie Jean," the wife of the poet. Dr Kay is survived by two sons – Charles and James, resident in America, and two daughters – Misses Eliza and Jessie, resident in Sanquhar.
  552. James Lawrie.
  553. Gavin Lindsay, Holm.
  554. Archibald Dickson, shepherd.
  555. Tramps and Casuals.
  556. Andrew Williamson.
  557. Robert Wilson, builder.
  558. –. Ballantyne.
  559. George Ballantyne.
  560. John Stoddart, plater.
  561. David Lockerbie.
  562. Robert Robertson.
  563. John Tweddel.
    • In Loving Memory of John Tweddel, who died at Sanquhar, 22nd August, 1890, aged 62 years. Much loved and deeply regretted. Elizabeth McMichael, his wife, who died 25th April, 1896, aged 69 years. Though lost to sight to Memory dear.
      • [See also graves No. 421 & 687].
  564. William McMath.
  565. John Lockhart.
  566. No name.
  567. Alex. Macintosh.
  568. No name.
  569. B. Arnot, spinner.
    a. John Friendship.
  570. David Murdoch, tailor.
  571. Samuel Gibson.
    a. James McCall.
  572. John Cunningham.
    • In Memory of John Cunningham, watchmaker, who died at Sanquhar, 26th March, 1901, aged 50 years. William, his son, who died at Sanquhar, 14th April, 1887, aged 13 years. Also Margaret Whigham, his wife, who died at Preston, 18th May, 1906, aged 56 years.
      • William Cunningham succeeded to his fathers business in Sanquhar; [see grave No. 409] he was a good workman, and like his father had a wide business connection. . . . . (He) lived all his days in Sanquhar, and died at the age of 67 years on the 27th August, 1880. His wife was Margaret Combs, a cheery old woman, who survived him till December 2, 1883. They left three sons – Alexander, John, and George, all watchmakers, and two daughters – Jane and Sarah. John continued the business in Sanquhar; Alexander and George removed to Moffat, and are resident there; Jane, now deceased, was the wife of Robert Wilson of Kirkpatrick's Coachworks, Old Cumnock; Sarah, widow of Thomas Ferguson, resides in Castle Street, Sanquhar. . . . .
        John Cunningham's wife was Margaret, daughter of John Whigham, weaver, Sanquhar, and they are survived by two sons and two daughters, viz.: – John and Alexander, both resident in Sanquhar, the latter carrying on the business; Jessie, wife of Edward Watson, resident in Preston, Lancashire; and Margaret, wife of Thomas Glencross, resident in St. Andrews.
        The trade of a watchmaker and jeweller now carried on by Alexander Cunningham in the High Street is the oldest established business in the burgh. . . . .
  573. a. D. Murray.
  574. Joseph Carruthers, solicitor.
  575. James Laurie, schoolmaster.
    • Sacred to the memory of James Laurie, Graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Headmaster of the Crichton School from 1846 to 1879, who died 13th September, 1902, aged 97 years. His former pupils and fellow-townsmen erected this monument in grateful remembrance of his distinguished success as a teacher, and of his readiness on every occasion to place his medical skill gratuitously at the service of all.
      • Mr James Laurie was a native of Dunscore, and received his early education at Burnhead School in that parish. With the intention of following a medical career he proceeded to Edinburgh University, where he took his diploma as a surgeon. He practised some time in his native parish, and was one of the small heroic band of doctors who so courageously attended those stricken with cholera morbus in the dreadful visitation of that fearful malady to Dumfries in 1832. But he did not seem to have taken kindly to making his living as a doctor, and not long after his leaving College he received an appointment as schoolmaster at Burnhead, where he himself had been taught. He there came under the notice of Mrs Crichton of Friars' Carse, widow of the founder of the Crichton School, and, when in 1846, the mastership of ths school became vacant through the death of Josiah Lorimer, he was offered, and accepted, the post which he held with conspicuous success for 33 years. . . . .
        The death of his wife, Agnes McMillan, was a great blow to Mr Laurie. She died July 3, 1884, aged 74 years. They had been an affectionate couple, and he missed her greatly. They had two daughters – Mary, married to Mr Archibald Hair, for many years schoolmaster at Durisdeer; and Jessie, now deceased, who became the wife of Mr R. W. Carson, F.E.l.S., headmaster of Sanquhar Public School, and who succeeded Mr Laurie in the mastership of the Crichton School upon his retirement in 1879.
  576. William McCririck, Crawickmill.
  577. Andrew Thomson, Knockenjig.
    John McCall, station auditor.
  578. William Lindsay, plater.
  579. James Graham, clothier.
  580. Peter Turnbull, blacksmith.
  581. Adam Hamilton, burgh officer.
  582. Barney McCaw.
  583. James Farrow, mason.
  584. William Kerr, ironmonger.
  585. James Sharp, barber.
  586. Matthew McIver of Roddings.
  587. William McLatchie.
  588. John Laurie, Dalgoner.
  589. John Carson.
  590. Thomas Robertson.
  591. John Crichton, Crawickmill.
  592. Thomas McGaughie.
  593. Thomas Glencross.
  594. Alexander Morrison.
  595. Thomas Kirkhope, flesher.
  596. Thomas Waugh
  597. Robert Brown.
  598. William Young, flesher.
  599. Robert Spence, carter.
  600. John L. Muir, miner.
  601. John Paterson, Craigdarroch.
  602. John Colvin, farmer.
  603. Thomas Black, Mennock.
  604. John Maxwell, farm servant.
  605. William Brodie.
  606. No name.
  607. John Kerr, Eliock.
  608. John Burns, shepherd.
  609. Thomas Crichton, Newtown.
  610. James McCaw.
  611. William McKendrick, Crawickmill.
  612. No name.
  613. William Tomkins.
  614. John Black.
  615. William Cotts.
  616. No name.
  617. William Gray.
  618. No name.
  619. Robert McCririck.
  620. Peter Laing.
  621. William Wilson, Crawickmill
  622. Adam Reid, Carco.
  623. John Ferguson, dyker.
  624. Thomas Ferguson, innkeeper.
  625. No name.
  626. Alex. Lewis.
  627. James McKnight, Glasgow.
  628. John Brown.
  629. Robert Sloan, draper.
  630. John Broadfoot, dyker.
  631. James Fingland Wilson, joiner.
  632. James Brown, Kirkconnel.
  633. No name.
  634. William Hunter, South Mains.
  635. David Fraser.
  636. William Lockhart.
  637. Stewart Nivison.
  638. James Stitt.
  639. John Tinto, shepherd.
  640. Walter Scott Smith.
  641. David Hamilton.
  642. No name.
  643. No name.
  644. No name.
  645. Thomas. G. Mathiesion.
  646. Robert Dalgliesh, Ulzieside.
  647. Thomas Torrance, drainer.
  648. No name.
  649. No name.
  650. John Halliday, farm servant.
  651. No name.
  652. No name.
  653. John Glencross, dyker.
  654. John Todd, tailor.
  655. Robert Drife.
  656. George McMurdo, Crawickmill.
  657. William Grierson, shepherd.
  658. John Brown, Eliock.
  659. John Cook, wood forester.
  660. James McQuat, shepherd.
  661. William Dargavel, farm servant.
  662. James Rigg, Crawick Forge.
  663. James Hyslop.
  664. Thomas Stobbs, senior.
  665. Edward Dalziel.
  666. James Love.
  667. Joseph McGowan.
  668. No name.
  669. Archibald Lindsay.
  670. Thomas Black, Mennockbridge.
  671. James McCall, Pyetscleugh.
  672. No name.
  673. David Dobson.
  674. Thomas Wilson, Cogshead.
  675. No name.
  676. Rev. W. D. Veitch of Eliock.
    • William Douglas Veitch of Eliock, Clerk in Holy Orders. Born 5th August, 1801. Entered into Life 4th September, 1884.
    • Here wait a Glorious Resurrection the mortal remains of Douglas D'Arcy Wilberforce Veitch. Born 1st October, 1845. At rest 18th March, 1883.
      • The family of Veitch originally came from France. . . . . [With nine pages of family history].
  677. J. C. Pendrigh, chemist.
  678. William Tweddel.
    • In affectionate remembrance of Clara Smith, beloved wife of William Tweddel, who died at Sanquhar 31st August, 1884, aged 28 years. Also of Barbara Borthwick, his mother-in-law, who died at Sanquhar, 20th April, 1890, aged 56 years. Also of the above William Tweddel, who died at Sanquhar 20th August, 1897, aged 47 years – Thy will be done.
      • [See also graves No. 421 & 573].
        The name of Tweddel is a familiar one in Sanquhar, for the family has been resident in the Burgh for many generations. In February 28, 1744, there is a disposition of property in favour of George Tweddale and Nicolas Kellock, spouses, which is the earliest mention of the name in the Burgh registers. James Twedale, weaver, in all probability their descendant, took a prominent part in the affairs of the Incorporation of Weavers, and as Deacon of the craft had a seat in the Town Council from October 4, 1790, till October 1, 1792. He was the father of William Tweddel, weaver, whose name is recorded on the tombstone. This William had three brothers – James, familiarly known as "The Elder"; John, who died in early manhood; and Thomas. They were all strong, well-built men, as the Tweddels are to this day, and early last century when war's alarms were stirring the patriotism of the youth of the country, William, James, and Thomas enlisted in the Dumfries Militia, which at that period was embodied for several years, and did duty in various parts of the country. The three brothers were steady, well-behaved men, and each managed to save a few pounds while on service, which they remitted to Sanquhar for the benefit of those at home. But at home they were in comfortable circumstances, and did not require the money; it was laid past; and when the brothers) got married the savings provided a handsome eight-day clock for each of them. These clocks, I believe, are still to the fore, and are now cherished as family heirlooms William Tweddel, on leaving the Militia, settled down to the weaving, and took for his wife Margaret McKendrick, daughter of John McKendrick and Mary Milligan. They had a family of three sons and three daughters, of whom one only now survives – Mr Thomas Tweddel, Townfoot Sanquhar.
        James Tweddel, the eldest son, followed the occupation of his father and grandfather, that of a weaver, and he worked at the loom for many years. While still a young man he entered into partnership with Mr John McQueen, the pair weaving and selling their own webs; but latterly each struck out on his own account, and James Tweddel commenced manufacturing for himself, . . . . (then) found employment for his leisure in the Town Council, to which he was elected on November 7, 1871, being Junior Bailie the following year, and Dean of Guild from November 4, 1873, till November 7, 1876. He again sat as a Bailie from November 5, 1878, till November 1, 1881, and again from November 4, 1884, till November 1, 1887, when he finally retired. His wife was Margaret Derby, daughter of Andrew Derby in Closeburn; she survived him nine years, and dtied at the advanced age of eighty-eight. . . . . They are survived by one son, Mr Forbes Ross Tweddel, Provost of Sanquhar, and seven daughters, – Annie, wife of Mr William Hyslop, bank agent, Hove; Margaret, wife of Mr James Walker, resident in Liverpool; Jessie, wife of Mr J. C. Pendrigh, chemist, Sanquhar; Mary, wife of Bailie James Graham, Sanquhar; Agnes, wife of Mr Charles Briggs, Liverpool; Marion, wife of Mr James Crichton, Glasgow; and Catherine, wife of Mr Alexander Henderson, Glasgow.
        John Tweddel, who died 22nd August, 1890, was the second son of William Tweddel and Margaret McKendrick. He also was a weaver; but on the failure of the hand-loom weaving he had to find other employment, and for many years before his death was Manager of the Sanquhar Water Company. He was of a quiet disposition, and seldom took part in public affairs. Fond of music, he was for many years a member of the Sanquhar Town Band and, later, of the Volunteer Band, his sons William and James being players in the latter. John Tweddell's wife was Elizabeth McMichael, daughter of John McMichael in Spoth, and, as stated elsewhere, she had a double strain of Covenanting blood in her veins, being descended from the McMichaels of Durisdeer and Alexander Williamson in Cruffel. They had a family of five sons – William, the eldest, who died 20th August, 1897, was in the Town Council from November 10, 1893, and held the office of Dean of Guild from May 1, 1896, until his death. The other sons are Mr John Tweddle, Nithsdale House, Sanquhar; Mr James Tweddle, resident in Aylesbury; Mr Thomas Tweddle, baker, Sanquhar; and Mr George Tweddle, Aylesbury.
  679. Archibald Campbell.
  680. John Gallocher, postman.
  681. Thomas Stobbs, junior.
  682. James A. Smith.
  683. James Kirk, Brockholm.
  684. Rev. J. E. Christie.
  685. Neil Buchanan.
  686. No name.
  687. John Alexander.
  688. David Turnbull, Eliock.
  689. Thomas Tweddel, weaver.
  690. James Wilson.
  691. Robert McCall, surfaceman.
  692. Peter Copland.
  693. George Hunter.
  694. No name.
  695. James Hyslop, quarryman.
  696. Rev. G. Davies.
  697. William Haddow, tailor.
  698. Still-born children.
  699. Robert Rennie.
  700. Jane Campbell.
  701. Children.
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  1. William Kirkhope.
    a. No name.
  2. David Russell.
  3. Joseph Clennell.
  4. Robert Lockhart.
  5. Thomas Rorrison.
    • In Loving Memory of Janet McCall, wife of Thomas Rorrison, farmer, Eliock Grange, who died 18th February, 1901, aged 57 years. Also the said Thomas Rorrison, who died at Sanquhar 2nd Sep., 1910, aged 85 years. Margaret, their daughter, who died 15th July, 1901, aged 26 years. William, their son, who volunteered for Active Service with Imperial Yeomanry (107th Coy.) in South Africa, and was killed in action at Brakspruit, near Klerksdorf, on 13th Nov., 1901, aged 25 years.
    • In Loving Memory of Robert Rorrison, their son, who died at Irvine 26th Oct., 1905, aged 34 years.
      • The daring spirit and thirst for adventure that has characterised so many of the offspring of Alexander Williamson, the Covenanter, was eminently marked in William Rorrison, his descendant in the sixth generation. Willie, as he was familiarly called, was born at the Old Mains, where his father and grandfather had been for many years previous to the latter taking the farm of Eliock Grange. On leaving school he entered the service of the late Mr Wm. Kerr, of the Sanquhar Post Office, and on finishing his apprenticeship got a situation in the Post Office at Paisley, where he was for a little over five years. He joined the Volunteers soon after he went to Paisley, and became a leading member of the signalling corps, his knowledge of telegraphy coming in particularly handy. . . . .
  6. William McCririck.
  7. William Gibson.
  8. James Cron.
  9. Robert Broadfoot.
  10. John Kerr.
  11. James Inglis.
  12. D. Cuthbertson, Eliock.
  13. John Steel.
  14. William Brown, Dalpeddar Cottage.
  15. Robert McMurdo.
  16. Thomas Weir.
  17. James Kellock.
  18. Irving Gilbertson.
  19. James Ferguson.
  20. Thomas Pearson, lodging-house keeper.
  21. Robert McGaughie.
  22. James Walker.
  23. Thomas Kerr, miner.
  24. William Jardine, fish merchant.
  25. James Hunt.
  26. John Wilson.
  27. James Gibson.
  28. David Ferguson.
  29. J. Young, Shielholm.
  30. –. Bone.
  31. Joseph Kerr.
  32. Archibald Haddow, collier.
  33. James Hiddleston.
  34. –. Hyslop, Glenglass.
  35. Archibald Telfer.
  36. Robert Broadfoot, carter.
  37. George Brown.
  38. George Dunlop.
  39. No name.
  40. –. Mitchell, Tower Cottages.
  41. Joseph McGowan.
  42. Thomas Dunlop.
  43. Alex. McGaughie.
  44. John Graham, shepherd.
  45. David Shankland.
  46. Alex. McMurdo.
  47. Thomas Stitt.
  48. Mrs Steel or Kerr.
  49. William McMath, jun.
  50. William Stewart.
  51. Alex. Borthwick.
  52. John Hiddleston, UIzieside.
  53. John Hiddleston, forge worker.
  54. Matthew Parker.
  55. John Johnstone.
  56. Robert Sharp.
  57. No name.
  58. William Young.
  59. William Scott.
  60. Mrs Newton or Dunlop.
  61. John Menzies.
  62. John McCaw.
  63. Ballantyne Howat.
  64. Thomas Pollock.
  65. James Cotts.
  66. Thomas C. McKendrick.
    • Erected by Thomas C. McKendrick in Loving Memory of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Scott, who died at Newark, 8th August, 1899, aged 47 years.
    • In Loving Memory of Emily Williamson Shiels, beloved wife of Robert McKendrick, who died at Winnipeg, Canada, 17th Sept., 1907, aged 28 years.
      • [See also graves No. 489 & 490 above].
  67. John Laidlaw, Glengar.
  68. John Kerr, Mennockbridge.
  69. Robert Dalgliesh.
  70. John Laidlaw, grocer.
  71. Joseph C. McKendrick.
  72. James Mair Symington.
  73. William Kerr, Post Master.
  74. Nisbet Gray.
  75. Archibald Gilmour.
  76. Thomas Hunter.
  77. Thomas Ferguson.
  78. James Marr, Holm.
  79. William Kinstrie, clothier.
  80. Archibald Haining.
  81. James Duff, joiner.
  82. Joseph McArthur.
  83. Peter Carruthers.
  84. John Love, miner.
  85. Walter Chisholm.
  86. Finlay McMillan.
  87. John Merry, pointsman.
  88. William Armstrong.
  89. James Copland.
  90. Alex. McMurdo.
  91. William Crichton.
  92. Charles Hamilton.
  93. John Glencross.
  94. Samuel Hiddleston.
  95. Robert Gould, tailor.
  96. Isaac Young.
  97. William Inglis.
  98. William Milligan.
  99. –. Hiddleston, Euchan.
  100. Thomas Scott, posting-master.
  101. No name.
  102. No name.
  103. James Broadfoot, dyker.
  104. James Bauld.
  105. James Watson, shepherd.
  106. David McGlashan.
  107. George Hunter.
  108. John McMinn, Littlemark.
  109. Alexander Maxwell.
  110. William Ritchie, blacksmith.
  111. Thomas Campbell, miner.
  112. John Brown.
  113. Thomas McGauchie.
  114. James Murdoch.
  115. Robert Cook.
  116. Robert Laurie, Mennockbridge.
  117. J. Shearer.
  118. Frank White.
    Numbering break.
  119. Matthew Nimmo, carter.
  120. Charles Brown.
  121. Samuel Bell.
  122. William Paterson.
  123. David Marshall.
  124. Robert McFarlane.
  125. John Kirkhope, jun., flesher.
  126. Robert Johnstone, Whitehill.
  127. James Aitken.
  128. Hugh Vallance, gravedigger.
  129. William McFadzean.
  130. Robert Hyslop, Glenglass.
  131. George McMinn, Tower Cottage.
  132. No name.
  133. James McMurdo.
  134. James Forsyth.
  135. Robert Wilson, Old Cumnock.
  136. Alexander Nichol.
  137. Thomas Douglas.
  138. John Brown, tailor.
  139. John Watson, tailor.
  140. James Cockburn, miner.
  141. William McKie.
  142. William Frame.
  143. William Dickson.
    Numbering break.
  144. John Craig, Dalpeddar.
  145. James Robert Wilson, solicitor.
    • In Loving Memory of James Robert Wilson, solicitor, Sanquhar and Thornhill, who died 27th January, 1910, aged 72 yeans.
      • James Robert Wilson was a native of the parish of Ochiltree in Ayrshire, where his father was tenant of the farm of Cooper Hill. He served his legal apprenticeship with Mr C. G. Shaw, writer, in Ayr, and afterwards went to Edinburgh, where he attended the law classes in the University, and for some years was in the writing chambers of Messrs J. and F. Anderson thiere. In 1866 he started business on his own account in Thornhill, but was there less than twelve months when he was appointed agent of the Royal Bank in Sanquhar, and he took up his residence in the burgh. He held the appointment of bank agent until 1905, when he retired on pension; but he continued to carry on his legal business, in which he was associated with his eldest son, Mr Robert Wilson. . . . .
        Soon after commencing business at Thornhill, Mr Wilson married Miss Agnes Smith, daughter of the late Mr Andrew Smith of the well-known box-works at Mauchline, and he is survived by her and five sons and three daughters. Mr Robert Wilson, the eldest son, for many years had been in partnership with his father, and now holds all the appointments held by him. Andrew, the second son, holds an important commercial position in London; and the three other sons – James, David, and William – are all in business in Montreal. Of the daughters, Agnes, the eldest, is the wife of Mr John Paterson, son of the late Mr John Paterson, Craigdarroch, Eliock, and is resident in Ayr, where her husband is an official Land Valuer for the Government; Maggie is the wife of Mr W. S. Leslie, and resides at Montreal in Canada; the second daughter – Mary – is unmarried, and resides with her mother at St. Helen's, Sanquhar.
  146. Allan Caldwell.
  147. T. G. Salmon, teacher.
  148. Adam Black, shoemaker.
  149. John Cotts.
  150. Thomas Ferguson, surfaceman.
  151. Robert McKendrick, joiner.
  152. David Williamson.
    • In Loving Memory of David Williamson, son of Alexander Willamson, born at Sanquhar 30th October, 1858. Died at Hayward's Heath, Sussex, 17th November, 1909.
      • David Williamson was the third son of the late Alexander Williamson, Rose Cottage Sanquhar. He served an apprenticeship to the late J. R. Wilson, solicitor, Royal Bank, and afterwards went out to Canada, where he had a successful business career. He ever retained a warm affection for his native burgh, and for many years prior to his death it was his custom, at the New Year, to remit to his late father and his brother William, a sum of money for distribution among the deserving poor. In his will he left a sum of £369 8s 10d to the Town Council of Sanquhar, the interest of which is paid out annually to those of the poor whom the Council think best deserving.
  153. W. E. Paterson, Craigdarroch.
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Sacred to the Memory of Mr John Lorimer McCall, youngest son of Mr James McCall, Crawickmill, near Sanquhar, Assistant Surgeon of the Royal Navy, who died on board Her Majesty's Ship Pembroke, in Vourla Bay, near Smyrna, on the 22nd day of October, 1838, in the 27th year of his age. This Tablet was erected by the Captain and Officers of the Pembroke as a mark of their respect to the memory of a person who was esteemed in proportion as his worth was known.

The marble tablet with above inscription is on the wall to the right of the pulpit, and is the only mural memorial in Sanquhar Kirk.

John Lorimer McCall was spoken of by those who knew him as being a young man of exceptional promise. His father, who survived him till 1872, was one of the partners of the Crawickmill Carpet Company, and a sister was the late Janet Lorimer McCall, widow of James Rigg, who died 22nd March, 1906, aged 86 years. [See grave No. 307.]

Previous to his leaving Sanquhar, Surgeon McCall was presented by the operatives in the various departments of the Carpet Works with a silver watch as "a token of their esteem for his talents and character, and an earnest of their wishes for his further prosperity" – "Dumfries Courier," February 3, 1832.

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In the early years of last century quite a large number of young men from Sanquhar were serving as surgeons in the Navy. The names of several are recorded on tombstones in the Kirkyard. Among these are –

  1. [Numbers refer to the grave numbers in the above list].
  2. Andrew Halliday, surgeon, brother of John Halliday of the Post Office, who died in the Island of Timor, Asia, 1st March, 1805, aged 27 years;
  3. Andrew Colvin, Assistant Surgeon in H.M. Navy, youngest son of Robert Colvin, who died at Tobago, West Indies, Oct. 25, 1820, aged 28 years;
  4. John Taylor, Surgeon, Royal Navy, son of John Taylor, tenant of Sanquhar Castle, who died 23rd Sep., 1826, aged 36 years;
  5. David Harvey, Surgeon, Royal Navy, son of Bailie Harvey, who died 3rd Sept., 1831, aged 20 years.
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I am indebted to the Rev. J. Richmond Wood, parish minister of Sanquhar, for the following copy of an old list, in his possession, of the burial places in Sanquhar Kirkyard. The list has no date; but from a similarity of the writing to other documents I have seen and from the names in the list, one may safely put it down as having been compiled about the year 1750. Mr Wood got the list from the late Mrs Kennedy in Burnfoot, who informed him that it had formerly belonged to her father – Mr George Whigham of Hallidayhill. The late Marquis of Bute was much interested in the old document, which he had carefully protected by glass and framed in the handsome leather case in which it is now preserved in Sanquhar Manse.


[Note.] The Queer or Choir of the old Kirk of Sanquhar, after the Reformation, had a gallery erected in it, entrance to which was by an outside stair. The Dukes of Queensberry, when resident in Sanquhar Castle, occupied the seats in the choir gallery. Hence the stairs were named the "Duke's Stairs."

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There has been a school in Sanqahar from an early date, at least ever since the Reformation, and the tradition is that the original school – the old Grammar School – occupied the site of the present extensive establishment. In the absence of parochial records it is difficult to find trace of the successive schoolmasters, and the earliest name I have come across is that of Simon Lowrie, who is described as "schoolmaster in Sanquhar," in witnessing a bond by Robert Creichtoun of Carco on September 28, 1598. I have seen no mention, of any other from that date up till June 15, 1719, when in the Town Council minutes of that date there is a record of a cess to be uplifted from the heritors for "Mr John Hunter, schoolmaster."

On January 23, 1721, Archibald Hadden, schoolmaster in Sanquhar, is witness to a deed. William McGeorge was the schoolmaster in 1727, and the Burgh archives give definite record of his successors. They were appointed by the Duke of Queensberry, the principal heritor, on recommendation from the Presbytery of Penpont, and the Burgh books show that the latter were influenced in their advice by the Town Council who, as heritors, contributed £1 yearly to the schoolmasters salary. McGeorge held the post till 1758, from which year onward the Parish schoolmasters have been as follows:–

It is on record that in 1691 the schoolmaster of Sanquhar was partly maintained by weekly entertainment from the respective parents of his scholars (vide History of the Burgh Schools of Scotland). When the Rev. Thos. Montgomery wrote his Statistical Account of Sanquhar, published in 1835, he states that there were only two persons in the parish over the age of fifteen who were unable to read.

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