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 Stone No.723



Sacred to the memory of Ann Read

Daughter of John Read Esq of Cairney

Wife of Charles Wedderburn, Esq of

Pearsie. Married September 11th 1787,

who died November 20th, 1789.


Take, Holy earth, all that my soul holds dear,

Take that best gift which Heaven so lately gave.

She died. Does Youth, does Beauty read the line ?

Does sympathetic fear their breast alarm ?

Speak, dearest Anna, breathe a strain devine,

Even from the grave thou shalt have power to charm.


Bid them be chaste, be innocent like thee,

Bid them in duty`s sphere as meekly move;

And if so fair, from vanity as free,

As firm in friendship, and as fond in love;

Tell them, tho' 'tis an awful thing to die

(`Twas even to thee), yet the dread path once trod,

Heaven lifts its everlasting portals high,

And bids the pure in heart behold their God.

Burial-place of the Wedderburn family, including the Wedderburns of Croft, of Pearsie, of Easter Powrie, and of Ballindean. The principal monument is the upright one with the centre shaft, erected in honour of Lady Margaret, daughter of David, Lord Ogilvie, and sister to David, Earl of Airlie. She was the mother of Sir David Wedderburn, Bart. On the west side of the pedestal a beautifully executed marble tablet by Schumacher, the tutor of the Celebrated Nollekens.