This evening I am posting an image of a memorial from Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis. Like many other Victorian era family grave-markers the stone records a sad tale of infant mortality which was a function of the rampant disease and poor water supply prevalent in mid 1800s Glasgow.
Here are the details:

  • Patriarch, David Lindsay died Feb 16th 1877 age 61 years
  • Mary, died July 16th 1849 age 15 months
  • Devina, died Oct 11th 1855 age 10 months
  • David, died Oct 14th 1859 age 3 years and 2 months
  • Jessie died August 23rd 1873 age 11 years and 9 months
  • Daniel, died in Concordia, South Australia on Jan 4th? age 32yrs?
  • David’s wife, Margaret McBeth, died Sept 18th 1897 age 75 years.

Many times I see grave-markers with high levels of in fact mortality but with a common feature that the parents live to a good age by our standards, let alone the much lower life expectancy experienced in Victorian times.

The Scottish House of Lindsay was founded in the early 12th century by Sir Walter de Lindsay.

There are now many branches of the Lindsay family and some 200 spellings of the name


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