Needing a change of scene yesterday, I whisked delightful assistant no.1 off to the peaceful countryside of Angus.
It was a muggy sort of day, not cold, but not sunny; the sort of day when, if feeling slightly out of sorts or under the weather, refreshment could be gained from a slow amble around quiet places.
En route to a lunch stop, we were diverted by a nice little church with an interesting looking graveyard:
There were some splendid gravestones to be seen, several of which had an agricultural theme.
This one, as well as having the most impressive stone carved rope I think I’ve ever seen on a headstone, had the motto, “We plow in hope”:
Not all of the headstones were in quite such good nick, but this one from 1799 possessed unusual shaping across the top:
It also had an open pair of scissors and what looked like an iron carved into one side. The burial spot of a tailor, perhaps?
I couldn’t make out a date on this next one, but I would guess it was erected in the late 1700s. It had some notable features:
Near the top there was a little sort of tableau featuring a lady in the centre with an angel or cherub on either side of her:
I thought she was wearing a crown, and there certainly was something above her head that seemed to be the right sort of shape, but beneath that and encircling her head there was what could have been a halo. She was cradling an infant, although whether or not said infant also had a halo was hard to tell. This wasn’t a Roman Catholic graveyard and so I think it unlikely that the lady pictured was the Blessed Virgin, but perhaps she was, or maybe the headstone marked the burial place of a mother who died along with her small child. Unfortunately, I was unable to decipher the inscription beneath the picture.
In any case, she looked serene:
Some of the stones featured fancy swirls and flourishes, like the one on the left of the picture below:
And one was bedecked with magnificently carved foliage:
As it turned out, this was only the first of two fascinating graveyards visited yesterday.
If you think you can stomach another post along the same lines, tune in next time for several skulls and a host of cherubs.