The British Listed Buildings online database describes the Carron (Company) Enclosure as follows: In the north-west corner of the churchyard, large and irregular in shape with boundary/retaining wall topped by spear-headed cast iron railings with decorative scrolled brackets; 3 steps to gate on south side: Channelled sandstone ashlar Distyle Doric mausoleum at west of enclosure with 3 steps to portico; cast-bronze door, barrel-vaulted ceiling and angel memorial on plinth inscribed to William Dawson.
Tall fluted column topped with urn inscribed on 4 sides to Joseph Stainton and various members of his family.
In memory of DINAH the eldest daughter of WILLIAM DAWSON Esq.,
Manager for Carron Company
Ten years later, in 1861, William appears on the Census on his own living in Larbert whilst his wife Margaret, eldest son William and 2 daughters Anne & Dinah were living in Edinburgh,
possibly at a second family home.
Margaret Dawson (nee
) was born at Carron on 8th July 1820 and died 18th June 1867. Taylor
Margaret Dawson's monument.
William Dawson, son of William & Margaret who was born at Carron on 28th September 1842
died at Kirn on 27th January 1867. His tomb is a large pink granite sarcophagus with a 'cameo' portrait on the front side facing the churchyard.
'Cameo' of William Dawson Jnr.
William Senior age 76, still listed on the 1871 Census as Manager of the Carron Co., was living in Larbert with daughters Ann and Dinah. He died at Carron 3 years later on 9th April 1874 aged 79 and is buried within the mausoleum at the west side of the enclosure.
The Edinburgh Gazette of August 12th 1932 (Page 672) reported that “the lateWilliam Dawson of Gairdoch & Powfoulis by his Trust Disposition and Settlement dated 2nd April 1867, and recorded in the Books of Council and Session on 17th April 1874” had set up ‘provision of a Bursary at the
.’ University of Edinburgh
According to the
University of Edinburgh’s Website (Expeditions Committee): “The Trustees of the William Dawson Bursaries award a small number of bursaries for students within the and Engineering. These Bursaries are open to students in or entering the College and studying for the degree of BSc in Engineering or Biology and is tenable for 3 years and is based on academic excellence. Nominations are made via Directors of Studies to the Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering Office.” College of Science
Anne Dawson married Sir Thomas Dawson Brodie, Writer to the Signet, Baronet of Idvies (1832 – 1896) between 1871 and 1881. She was his second wife – it is unknown whether the couple had any children.
The 1881 and 1891 Census both show that Dinah Margaret, Ann’s younger sister
lived with them at 9 Ainslie Place,
Thomas Dawson Brodie died in 1896 and was buried in
Dean Cemetery, . Edinburgh
Anne & Dinah continued living at 9 Ainslie Place to at least 1901 - possibly up until Anne’s death in 1903. Anne was buried beside her husband.
A plaque mounted on the inside of William Dawson’s mausoleum in Larbert Old Parish Churchyard lists Anne Dawson, wife of Thomas Dawson Brodie, Baronet of Idvies and that she is buried beside her husband. Also listed on the plaque is Dinah Margaret Dawson of Gairdoch and Powfoulis,
born 18th December 1848, died 15th May 1910.
There is one other stone in the Carron Enclosure to a Thomas Dawson.
The inscription is as follows: “In memory of Thomas Dawson, born at Keswick, 15th July 1807,
died at Uddingston 23rd November 1873.
Thomas was possibly a fourth sibling to Joseph, born 1788, William born 1796
and Anne, born 1801.
His Death Registration lists the following information:
Thomas Dawson, Single, age 66. Manager of Carron Ironwork Company
died 23rd November 1873 at Meadow Bank, Uddingston
Son of William Dawson, Manufacturer and Dinah Dawson (nee Stainton), both deceased.
The Registration was made by James Anderson, Gardener at Meadow Bank.
One solid/verified relationship between the Stainton & Dawson families has been ‘solved’ through the marriage of William Dawson & Dinah Sainton…..
Did they meet whilst Joseph Stainton was Manager at Carron, was Dinah his daughter,
was the young Henry Stainton listed with the
on the 1841 Census a close relation? Dawsons
That’s for another day!