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Stone No.63

 

Inscription. AC Lamb/ Thomson

 Tomb with marble slab very much broken, erected in memory of Catherine Guthrie, wife of John ferguson, merchant, 1668.

 

"Here Catherine Guthrie with her son doth lie,

Chaste, virtuous, good, full of serenity ;

She scarce a year was wife, when cruel fate

From her mate pluck`d her, to his sad regret.

Wishing her softest rest, he doth erect

This monument from his entire respect."

Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions Chiefly in Scotland 1834 (R Montieth)

Monumentum spectatæ probitatis fœmuue, Catharinæ
Guthrtææ, conjugis Joannis Fergusoni mercatoris, quæ
a partu primogeniti filii Gulielmi, trimestri spatio ulte-
rius viventis, fatis concessit, die 20 Januarii, 1668.
Ætatis suæ 29.
Cum nato, jacet hoc tumulo Catharina Guthræa,
Virtutis cultrix, casta, serena, proba.
Conjugi adempta suo est, sol vix cum impleverat annum,
Cursu, quaque frui, vivere dulce sibi.
Molliter ossa cupit tuta hac requiescere in urna
Vir suus, hæc. curans marmore scripta legi.
 

The monument of a woman of approven gooduess,
Katharine Guthrie, spouse to John Ferguson, merchant,
who, after the birth of her first-born son, William,
who survived three months afterwards, departed as above.
Here Katharine Guthrie, with her son doth lie,
Chaste, virtuous, good, full of serenity ;
She scarce a year was wife ; when cruel fate
From her mate pluckt her, to his sad regret:
Wishing her softest rest, he doth erect
This monument, from his intire respect.

Claimant: Grahams of Balmuir.

Source:RT