Memorials of St. Michael's, the Old Parish Churchyard of Dumfries

Memorials of St. Michael's, the Old Parish Churchyard of Dumfries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...Herald. Mr. Pagan died 11th February 1870, and, together with his wife, lies interred in Sighthill Cemetery, Glasgow. He was brought up in that famous nursery of newspaper editors, the Dumfries Courier, and his wife was niece to its editor, Mr. John M'Diarmid. Within the enclosure in St. Michael's, which is very neatly kept, there is placed a table tombstone which commemorates the parents of Mrs. Kerr and Mrs. M'Diarmid. William M'Night, merchant, who died 6th December 1807, aged 63, and Ann Thompson, his wife, and two of their children. Beautiful in sentiment and expression is the following epitaph, which we find upon a humble altar-stone: "Here lies all that could die of the pious Margaret Selkirk, wife of John Thorburn, shoemaker, Dumfries, who departed this life 15th February 1812, in the 50th year of her age; and by the grace of God, and the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in joyful hope of a glorious immortality." The husband long outlived his sainted partner, his death occurring 30th December 1832, at the age of 84. A second wife, Frances Morley; John, issue of the first marriage, died 9th August 1840, aged 61; and two children of the latter--John, died at 22, and Margaret at 40--are also named upon the monument. More than ordinary interest attaches to this memorial stone, from the circumstance that Mr. Robert Thorburn, the great miniature painter, is a son of John Thorburn. While the future artist was attending the Dumfries Academy, Mr. John Craik, master of the writing department, noticed and fostered his dawning genius, and at his instance he went to London, where he rose to the highest professional eminence, excelling especially as a miniature painter. In 1845, while yet comparatively young, he executed by commission more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236510119
  • 9781236510112