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A 1680 Gravestone?
HEIR LYES THE BODY OF
(Could this be: father 2 years later?)
If the date on this stone is genuine then this is a very early gravestone. (The oldest dated gravestone in our local churchyard, and possibly the oldest in Scotland, is dated 1623. The spelling 'mistakes' and the running together of T H and E also suggest an early gravestone. But if so it has been remarkably well preserved, perhaps by being buried for almost 300 years. It might perhaps not have been used as a grave marker, for example if it was the work of an apprentice and rejected as unsuitable. Or perhaps it was a practice piece using a fictitious name and date, so the stone might perhaps not be nearly as old as it appears.
And of course it may not have been carved in Dunning. There is no stone in our local graveyard mentioning David or John Miller for which it might have been a previous attempt.
If anyone thinks they might be able to shed light on the origin of this stone or how it came to be in this garden we would love you to contact us at the email address on our home page.
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