Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Larbert to the Carribean

It seems a shame to leave Larbert Churchyard when there so many fascinating stones and no doubt equally as fascinating stories behind each one of them, so a few will be added in the near future.

The entire Churchyard is Category ‘A’ listed.

It is unknown when the Muir Family stone would have been erected, but if it was at the time of the first death in 1761, then this year, 2011 would age it at 250 years old. It may have been restored or erected at a much later date, but no details or verification of this have been found.

To put things into ‘perspective’ historically ……
1746 – Battle of Culloden
1759 – Birth of Robert Burns
1761  - The Coronation of George III
1761 – Birth of General Sir John Moore
1761 – The Dunmore ‘Pineapple’ built
1761 - Marriage of Thomas Sherriff and Marion Cowie*
1768 – Encyclopaedia Britannica published
1770 – Birth of James Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd)
1770 – Birth of William Wordsworth
1775 - Birth of Jane Austen
1789 – Beginning of the French Revolution

It was over 100 years after the death of James Muir that Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ was first published .....

*See 'The Sherriff Family' (27th September 2011)

Indwellers in the Baroney of Quarole
In memory of JAMES MUIR their brother
Who lost his life (with another of the hands)
At Hispaniola in Mounta Christa River (going over the Barr for fresh water)
Out of the longboat belonging to the Prince Ferdinand.
Andrew Anderson, Captain & were taken up and interred by him on the the 9th May MDCCLXI (1761)
The deceast JAMES MUIR was born the 25th of June MDCCCXLII (1742)
In the old town of Stenhouse in this Parish

Extract from Larbert OPR's of James' birth, June 25th 1742 showing his parents and the names of 2 Witnesses,
John Barden (or Burden) and John Melvill.

Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Carribean
is now 'modern day' Haiti in the west and the Dominican Republic in the east.

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