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Browsing Posts published on February 26, 2008



This afternoon I am presenting the image of an unusual iron memorial from Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis recording the Henderson and Hetherington families.

The memorial was erected by John Henderson, Collector of Police, in memory of his wife,Marion McDonald who died June 24 1863 age 74.

John Henderson died Dec 27th 1874 age 80 years.

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This afternoon I am posting the image of a grave-marker recording the passing of Isabella Tait, wife of Benjamin Conner. The memorial was erected by James Russell who was the husband of Janet Tait, presumably Isabella’s sister. Isabella died May 7th 1846 age 25, perhaps in childbirth?

No further information is available at this time regarding Benjamin Conner.


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This afternoon I am presenting an overview of Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis. This is a ‘closed’ cemetery located close to Glasgow’s Gorbals area and is home to remains of about 250,000 people.

This is an absolutely fascinating site to visit.It holds the graves and headstones of of leading merchants, traders, shipbuilders and architects all of whom contributed to generating the wealth which positioned Glasgow as the ‘second city of the British empire’. There is much to interest the ancestry researcher and people interested in social history such as the high incidence of infant mortality which was a feature of the 19th century.

Entrance to the Necropolis is through an impressive, castellated Norman-style gatehouse built by Charles Wilson in 1848, currently in a poor state of repair.



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