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The Saddest of Sad Stories

The cemetery at Marykirk Scotland had more than a few gravestones which tells a very sad story about child mortality in the 1800s. The records will show that many children died in the first few days, weeks and months of their lives. It must have been heartbreaking for the parents. Where would we be without modern medicine.

The Gravestone reads:

Erected by

Alexander Young

Engineer in Bombay and


His wife

In the memory of their children

Elizabeth Ann

Who died at Arbroat

21st September 1859

Aged 3 years


Who died at Bombay

13 August 1863

Aged 10 days

John Scott

who died at Bombay

13 April 1865

Aged 1 year and 7 month


Who died at Arbroath

4 October 1867

Aged 8 days

The Saddest of Sad Stories - Richard Broom Photography
The Saddest of Sad Stories – Richard Broom Photography

4 Responses to “The Saddest of Sad Stories”

  1. Richard Broom Photography

    The 1800s in the UK were a terrible time for a great many people. Poverty and disease. The bad news is, disease seems to be making a come-back. Keep taking the tablets John! Just back from a four day trip around Scotland. Trying to catch up with my blogging!

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  2. Richard Broom Photography

    It was but hard to believe it is January. We’re getting April weather in January. The skiing folk really fed up. No snow!!! Normally the Scottish highlands are covered in snow but not for the last two years. I blame the government!


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