Friday, 16 September 2011

Larbert Old Parish Churchyard - Carron Company Enclosure

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.

Graves of other managers of the Carron Ironworks including several sarcophagi-shaped tombs and a brown marble Celtic Cross.

Possibly the first of these monuments to be erected (as it contains the eariest dates) was that of Joseph Stainton Esq., Biggarshiels.

The inscription states that it was erected by Carron Company where he was Manager from 1786
until his death in 1825, aged 69.

Also listed are: Lucien Stainton youngest son, died 1823 aged 18 months,
Joseph Stainton, eldest son, died April 1843 aged 22,
Caroline MacLaren Stainton, daughter, widow of James MacLaren Esq.,
of Constable, Barton Yorkshire, died 1908 aged 86,
Jane Stainton, Joseph’s widow who died 6th February 1885 aged 83.

The remainder of the monuments within the enclosure, including the mausoleum, all appear
to be for members of the Dawson Family.

Living at Carron in 1841, the Census shows: (Siblings?) Joseph Dawson age 50, Manager for Carron Co., William Dawson age 45, Sub-Manager for Carron Co., Anne Dawson, age 40 and a Henry Stainton age 15.

Joseph died at Carron on 5th January 1850 aged 61.
The inscription on his stone lists that he was born in Keswick, Cumberland, England
on 7th May 1788 and that he was Manager of Carron Co. 1825 – 1850.
(The year 1850 ties in exactly with the date of death for Joseph Stainton, his predecessor.)

Joseph Dawson, born Keswick, Cumberland  7th May 1788  died at Carron 5th January 1850    

 Anne Dawson daughter of William Dawson, Keswick Born 21st March 1801 died 3rd April 1881.

By 1851, Carron Company’s Manager was William Dawson. He, his wife Margaret (nee Taylor) and their children William, Anne and Dinah Margaret were living at Carron Post Office. Dinah was the second of their daughters to be given that name, the first and eldest daughter Dinah was born in 1843 but died just before her third birthday in 1846.

In memory of DINAH the eldest daughter of WILLIAM DAWSON Esq.,
Manager for Carron Company
Born at Carron 6th December 1843 died 13th October 1846.

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 Taylor) was born at Carron on 8th July 1820 and died 18th June 1867.

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 College of Science 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.”

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, Edinburgh.
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 Dawsons on the 1841 Census a close relation? 

That’s for another day!

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