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Number 1 to 29 From Porch South to East Window

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  1. (Coped stone: cross) In Memory of Jessie Stewart BULLIONS who died 28th. Sept. 1929. Loving, Loyal, and Devoted Aunt of Thos. Bullions SHOOLBREAD, M.B, C.M. Edin. ‘True Till Death’

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  1. (Green man nature/fertility symbol above two 18th century figures of farmers each standing on a skull and cross bones; coats pleated at sides, shoes buckled, frilled collars at necks; 
  1. The sower’s coat has buttons and button holes and he his putting his hand into the seed bag hanging from his neck;
  2. The reaper holds a bunch of corn in one hand of and a sickle with a serrated edge in the other, his hair flowing to his collar)

Here lyes Francis GLOG, tenant in Corstorphine who died November 11th 1738 aged 72 years. Also his spous Elizabeth DRURY who died September 17th 1748 aged 72.

Francis Glog, farmer at Claycott Broomhouse. Old Parish Church Treasurer and Elder 1707 to 1737: Kirk paid £1.0.0 13.12.1741 for allowing erection of Glog headstone: at Elizabeth’s burial her coffin was draped with the large new velvet mortcloth and the great bell was rung.

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(back) emblems of mortality – Father Time/Death, scythe, flames, hourglass: inscrip: Job 19.25 ‘For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day on the earth.’

Agnes GLOGE died August 30th 1813 aged 80.

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  1. (tall Monument: base decorations sheaf of corn, skull, single bone, momento mori)

Here lyes Thomas LOURISTON, tenant in Murrayhall who departed this life August the 12th 1751 aged 72 and 7 children: inscrip:
‘Death is a depth to nature deon
I paid it and so must you.’

At Thomas’s burial the large new mortcloth was used and the great bell was rung.

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  1. Francis STEEL died 19th June 1869 and Joan CLARK, his widow, died 20th July 1888 also his daughters, Margaret Steel died 30th June 1904, Frances STEEL died 6th 1865, Jane STEEL died 12th August 1888.

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  1. (small slab) Archibald SHIELDS and Isabella WEIR Our Beloved Parents.

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  1. In memory of Robert WILSON, station master at Corstorphine, who died 29th Jan 1864 aged 39 years, also his beloved wife Annie DRYDEN who died 5th Sept 1864 aged 37 years.

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  1. In Memory of Alexander RYRIE, died 26th November 1862 aged 76years, Jane WIGHTMAN, wife of Alexander Ryrie, died 27th November 1887 aged 73? years, John and Alexander, their sons died in infancy, Barbara their daughter died 13th January 1890 45? years; Jane URE, wife of George RYRIE, died 30th January 1880 aged 60 years; George RYRIE born 1st May1820, died 28th February 1890, Jane WIGHTMAN, wife of George RYRIE,  died 7th April 1921 aged 95? years.

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  1. (winged head) Erected by James Thomson, tenant in Lairdship to the memory of his parents Thomas THOMSON and Isobel MITCHELL. The former died 1757 aged 73 years, the latter died in 1778 aged 75 years. Also to the memory of his deceased brothers and sisters. Likewise James Thomson who died 21st June 1789 aged 48 years.

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Isobel Mitchell was a daughter of the parochial schoolmaster. Theodore Radford Thomson descended from this Thomson in the Lairdship line bought the title ‘of Corstorphine’ in 1955. After his death the title was bought in 1988 by an undisclosed buyer. Thomas’s coffin was covered with the large new mortcloth and the great bell was sounded.

  1. In Loving Memory of Jesse Bollard HIDE died 19th March 1924 aged 67 years, and his wife Fanny died 2nd Dec 1944 aged 85 years.

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  1.  In loving memory of my dear sister Mary (Molly) died 26th September 1924  aged 9½ years, also my dear grandmother Margaret SMITH, died 8th May 1927 aged 88, and my dear mother Elizabeth SMITH died 22nd December 1941 aged 66. Erected by Margaret Smith

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  1. Erected by John WIGHTMAN, contractor in Corstorphine, in memory of his brother Robert WIGHTMAN who died 22nd October 1819 aged 26 years. The above John WIGHTMAN died here on the 27th March 1838 aged 63 years. Also several of his grandchildren. James WIGHTMAN, contractor, died 14th February 1879 aged 79 years. Catherine INGLIS, wife of the above James Wightman, died 20th August 1888 aged 88 years; Gavin Inglis WIGHTMAN, born 22nd June 1827, died 5th July1894. James WIGHTMAN, died 1st October 1908 aged 77 years, Alexander WIGHTMAN, died 2nd September 1918 aged 76 years. Helen SAMUEL, his wife, died 5th October1920 aged 76 years.

1891 James Wightman – Augustine House and Gavin Wightman – Daisy Cottage, High Street.

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(back) John WIGHTMAN, son of James WIGHTMAN, died in London, aged 40 years. Also Isabel HENDERSON, wife of Gavin WIGHTMAN, died 24th May 1864 aged 30 years. Margaret HENDERSON, wife of Thomas WIGHTMAN, died on the 12th of January 1868, aged 25 years. Catherine WIGHTMAN, wife of Joseph NESS died at Airdrie 12th October 1873 aged 48 years. Margaret JOHNSTON, wife of the above John WIGHTMAN, died at Irthington near Carlisle 24th September 1871 aged 50 years. Buried Canonbie. Catherine INGLIS, daughter of Alexander WIGHTMAN, died 5th August aged 7½ years. Alexander, his youngest son, died 19th February 1962 aged 76 years. Beloved husband of Helen GALLOWAY DIED 21ST December 1970 aged 88 years

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  1. Erected by George SAMUEL, mason Corstorphine, to the memory of his wife Mary HOSIE who died August 13th 1822 aged 46years. James SAMUEL, their son who died December 11th 1815 aged 6 months. Robert SAMUEL died April 3rd 1825 aged 10 years. George SAMUEL (senior) died November 19th 1828 aged 61 years. George SAMUEL (junior) died March 17th 1830 aged 24. Charlotte SAMUEL died July 6th 1831 aged 30. Mary SAMUEL died April 28th 1832 aged 22. John SAMUEL died May 3rd 1836 aged 10.

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(back: erosion) Also Francis SAMUEL, mason Corstorphine who died 7th June 1854 aged (51?) years. And of Margaret, his daughter who died 31st October 1831 aged 9 years 6 months. Also Agnes KEDDIE, wife of the above, died 4th December 1855 aged 38. Also George SAMUEL, son of the above who died ???? aged ?? years. Also Francis James, eldest son, who died 31st ??? ???7. Also Alice GRINDROD who died 1907 aged 62.

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See also numbers 50, 332

The Samuel, Keddie and Wardlaw families were related by marriage.

  1. In memory of Esther STRUTHERS, wife of the Reverend George BURNS D.D. of the Free Church Corstorphine, who died March 25th 1870, much regretted. Also of the above Reverend George BURNS, D.D. born at  Borrowstounness 12th October 1790, ordained to St Andrews Church St John N.B 1816, translated to the Parish of Tweedsmuir, Scotland in 1831, which charge he resigned May 1843. Inducted first minister Free Church Corstorphine 1844, and died at Edinburgh 5th February 1876. Thus after an able and faithful ministry of the gospel for nearly 60 years he was called to his rest in the eighty sixth year of his age. His end was peace.

‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.’

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John Burns Surveyor of Customs, Bo’ness had four sons who distinguished themselves in the ministry of the church

  1. In loving memory of Mary Nisbet WHITSON, wife of Wm R Murray, Inglewood, Corstorphine, who died 21st Augt 1905, aged 53. Also their daughter Darling Violet Paterson, wife of David James YOUNGER, who died 10th July 1918 aged 41. Also the above William R. MURRAY who died 18th May 1931 aged 78.

‘I give thee back the life I owe.’

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Murray was a drapery commercial traveller1891 Inglewood St John’s Road.

  1. (tablestone) Sacred to the memory of James NIMMO, farmer Sighthill, who died 29th September 1760, aged 27 years. Also Christina NIMMO, his daughter who died 2nd February 1811 aged 50 years. Elizabeth, her daughter who died 7th December 1820 aged 30 years. And, Margaret, her daughter who died 30th July 1822 aged 34 years. Likewise, James NIMMO, farmer Sighthill who died 26th March 1827 aged 66 years. Also James NIMMO, farmer Sighthill, who died 6th February 1846 aged 54 years. Christina, his daughter, who died 13th August 1839 aged 8 years. And, Peter Mitchell NIMMO, his son, who died 14TH July 1853 aged 24 years. And, Alexander Henderson NIMMO, born 7th June 1842, died 16th July 1856, Also James NIMMO, farmer Sighthill, born 25th February 1823, died 22nd February 1866. And, Charles Mackenzie NIMMO born 18th February 1840, died 23rd January 1867. Also Marion MITCHELL, born 15th November 1805, died 1st February 1870. Wife of James NIMMO farmer Sighthill (who died on 6th February 1846). Margaret Harvey OLIVER, born 24TH February 1833, died 21st September 1872. Wife of James NIMMO, farmer Sighthill (who died 22nd February 1866). Also John Mitchell NIMMO, born 1st October 1844, died 30th June 1882. Also Thomas NIMMO, born 15th October 1834, died at Sidney N.S.W. 17th November 1913. Also Helen Mitchell NIMMO, born 5th August 1838, died 13th November 1914. And, Robert Nimmo, born 21st September 1836, died 14th February 1916.  

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See also no. 277

The first Nimmo in Sighthill had a tack 1624. James who died in 1760 was buried with the large new velvet mortcloth and to the sound of the great bell. When James and Margaret Oliver married in 1857 they were living at Hermiston in Currie parish.

  1. In memory of John RUSSELL, farmer at Ribes, Fife. Born 18th September 174, died at Meadowfield, this parish, 14th January 1813. Also Margaret COUSTON, his wife. Born October 1747, died 18th February 1825. And their daughters Christian, Marion and Jane. And their son James, farmer at Meadowfield from 1810-1841 and Saughtonhall 1841-18??. Died November 1876 aged 55? years. His wife, Ann MUIRHEAD, died November 1870/6? Their son, John, farmer at Saughtonhall after his father 1860-1879. Born 11th February 1829, died 5th July 1895.

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  1. In loving memory of Thomas ALLAN, Banker, died 12th March 1923 aged 49. Also his wife, Mary Balfour MACNAB, died 8th March 1947.

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Newland, 14 Belgrave Road

  1. (erosion) Erected by Andrew DINGWALL, Mariner, to the memory of Janet LOGAN his spouse who died the 27 December 1815 aged ?? years.

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A daughter Jessie Barbara was baptised 6.12.1815.

  1. In memory of Isabella AITCHISON wife of Robert CHISHOLM died, 11th January 1922 aged 77 years. The above Robert CHISHOLM died 16th September 1924 aged 83 years. Jessie J.A. CHISHOLM their daughter died 11th December 1930 aged 55 years.

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Dairyman at Featherhall, St John’s Road

  1. (small slab:cross) Charles FINDLAY died 19th March1922 aged 65 and his wife Margaret HILL died 2nd July 1931

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  1. (erosion) Erected by John ELMSLIE in Corstorphine in memory of his daughter Elisabeth ELMSLIE spouse of the late John CUTHBERTSON who died the XXXX of August 1816 aged XX years.

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  1. In loving memory of Alexander LISTER who died 3rd July 1922 in his 66th year and his wife Margaret McWHIRTER who died 23rd March 1937 in her 86th year.

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Plumber and Gasfitter St John’s Road

  1. (tablestone)  Thomas GIRDWOOD, of Sighthill, Lang Saughtoun 1557 Died 1560, Robert, his son and successor died 1585. James 1st of the lairdship portioner in Lang Saughtoun died 1605. Here lyes Janet ANDERSON, spouse to George GIRDWOOD portioner of Lang Saughtoun who departed the life December 17th 1671 and of her age 27 years. Here lyes William GIRDWOOD who departed this life the 11th March 1710 years. His age 23 years.

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The Lairdship farming ground lay in the area of Stevenson College and Bankhead Drive. William who died in 1710 was possibly the son of George Girdwood and Jean Cassie whose baptism was recorded 4.2.1687. At William’s funeral the family hired the large velvet mortcloth. George O.P.C. Elder 1667 to 1695.

  1. (tablestone) Here lyes James JOHNSTON who departed this life October 12th 1707. Here lyes Janet WILKIE spouse to James JOHNSTON who departed this life Julie her age 35 years. Here lyes Agnes JOHNSTON of West Templelands spouse to John GIRDWOOD who died 1742.

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Agnes was possibly the daughter of James Johnston the candlemaker associated with the Templelands and the Bee wall at Ferrybank demolished 1959.

  1. (against church wall) In memory of John DICKSON, Esquire of Corstorphine born 19th July 1809, died at Torquay 17th June 1872. And of Peter Hannay DICKSON, his son, born 28th September 1861, died 27th February 1894, buried at Wanganui, New Zealand. Also of Jean CAMPBELL, his widow who died at Moffat 17th July aged 33 years and is buried here. John Heatley DICKSON born 6th January 1843, died 23rd November 1909. Annabella COLLINS, his wife, born 27th February 1850, died 10th December 1927. Mary HANNAY, died 10th December 1913 aged 94-second wife of John DICKSON of Corstorphine. Aimee A. M. DICKSON died at Dunscore 6th October 1963. William Traquair DICKSON, W.S.,  born 7th June 1845, died 24th November 1926  And his wife Elizabeth Magdalene STEWART, born 25th September 1857, died 15th June 1929. Heatley DICKSON, C.E. of Corstorphine. Elder son of John Heatley DICKSON, born 14th September 1875, die 3rd July 1927. Also his wife Caroline Margaret Catherine DUNSMURE, born 16th October 1886, died 18th September 1931. 

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Mary Hannay and John Dickson married at Twynham 15.3.1859. Caroline Terrace Corstorphine named after the wife of J.H. Dickson. The Dickson family were the last owners of Corstorphine Estate.

William Dickson W.S died Jan 1994. His estate papers are with the Corstorphine Trust.

  1. (against church wall: erosion) from notes.
    William DON. eerected (June) 9 1748. William WALKER portioner in Corstorphine died 19th January 1751 aged 57, daughter Anna died 12th February 1729. 4 children.

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At the funeral of William DON 30 January 1733 the great bell was rung. In 1718 he was servitor to Sir James Dick of Prestonfield owner of Corstorphine Estate

  1. (slab) Agnes Speir BOYD died 26th July 1917 aged 81 years. Marianne BOYD died 28th June 1923 aged 80 years. Isabella Cunningham BOYD died 27 November 1940 aged 91 years.

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  1. (erosion) In memory of John PATERSON, died 25th September 1855? aged 78 years. Marion CUNNINGHAM, his wife, died ?? 1855 aged 78 years. Agnes ? PATERSON died 15th ? 1871? aged 10 weeks. John PATERSON, builder Corstorphine, died 22nd September 1879 aged 59 years. Agnes BAUCHOP? --- John PATERSON, daughter-in-law --- ? PATERSON, builder. Died 5th? Aged 76 years. Agnes BUCHANAN? ? of John PATERSON, daughter-in-law ? PATERSON builder, died 12th? ??? aged 74? years. Jane H PATERSON ??? aged 6 months. James, son of the ??? John PATERSON died 22nd ?? aged 76 years. Catherine WIGHTMAN ? of Hugh PATERSON daughter-in-law of John PATERSON, builder, died 25th ? aged 50 years. John PATERSON, builder, son of above John PATERSON, died 4th April 1910? Aged 65. John PATERSON, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, only son of Hugh and Catherine PATERSON, killed and buried France 3rd September 1917 in his 21st year. Hugh PATERSON, son of John PATERSON and Agnes BAUCHOP died  1st April 1927 aged 70. Marion Purdie MARTIN, died 11th January 1932 aged 67 widow of second named John PATERSON, also their son Hugh, died 23rd January 1952 aged 61.

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John Paterson stone mason and Agnes Bauchop maid servant 5 Randolph Cliff, Edinburgh were married at Carnwath 22.10.1859. In 1861 John Paterson living at Slap House was a master mason employing 22 men and 1 boy. George McGown, village schoolmaster on hearing of Jacky Paterson’s death wrote from the Schoolhouse Corstorphine a memorial poem dated September 1917- ‘Rest youthful warrior, now thy duties done’.

See also number 395.

  1.  (small headstone beside priest’s door: border cable/rope pattern, no inscription, skull and crossbones, possibly early 18th C)

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