Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ SOUTER, Robert & family

TO
The Memory of
ROBERT SOUTER
late Dundee Carrier St. Andrews
who died 29th June 1823
in the 47th year of his age
Also his wife ELIZABETH KIRK
died 9th August 1863
aged 87 years
Also their daughter ELSPETH SOUTER
wife of THOMAS SWINTON
died 14th January 1882
aged 74 years
Also THOMAS SWINTON
Died 19th March 1892 85 years


Last Tuesday's post made me think more about our trip to Scotland in May, 2007. This is another ancestor's gravestone that I was able to visit in St. Andrews Cathedral graveyard. One thing I love about researching my ancestors in Scotland is how women don't lose their maiden names. Many documents will refer to them that way and it makes it easier to find the previous generation.

I am also busy trying to get a time line together for the last mentioned person on this memorial, Thomas SWINTON, as he is going to be my first brickwall ancestor posting. Thomas is my 3rd great-grandfather.


1 comment:

  1. Did your Elizabeth Kirk come from Tillicoultry or the Dollar area? There are lots of very old Kirk families in that area. I love how Scottish women never lost their maiden names too, they just added another one which makes things to much easier here. And they had the right to own property in their own names which was not automatically passed to their husband on marriage, unlike in England :-) Jo

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