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Forgan Kirkyard - Gravedigger's Book

This is a transcript of the gravedigger's book Record of Interments in Forgan Kirkyard from Whitsunday 1899 to . This book gives date of burial, name, lair number, place of death and fees paid.

Where I have been able to match interments with gravestones, I have added the reference number of the stone and inscription in a column at the end. I was able to draw up a tentative lair plan based on this information which showed that the lairs were numbered as follows: standing at the gate facing south, each row of lairs is lettered from A (at the west wall) to Z (in the east). Each lettered row is then numbered from 1 (at the north wall) increasing towards the south. I have added these 1885 lair letters at the bottom of the plan of the kirkyard. When I examined the gravedigger's book, it was held by Fife Council Archives in Markinch but now it is no longer listed in the Fife Archives online catalogue.

The writing in the gravedigger's book is sometimes unclear, dates are sometimes missing or incomplete, one date gave the wrong year (let's put this down to poor interpretation of bad handwriting), the spelling is interesting. I have made some editorial additions, other entries are 'as found'.

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     There are 225 records.

DateNameLairDied atFees[stone]
5 Nov 1903David MitchellA5King St, Newport12/6
10 Feb 1904Thomas H FraserA20Glasgow17/6[stone 3]
21 Jan 1908William FentonA10Fishers Cottage, Woodhaven12/6[stone 3]
16 Oct 1919Margaret FraserA12/6
5 Oct [1919]Andrew Seath FraserA204 Nelson St, Edinburgh17/6[stone 8]
6 Apr [1923]Hellen FentonA10Tay Brae, Newport12/6[stone 3]
14 Feb 1946Hellen FentonA10Tay Brae, Newport
9 Oct 1903David JustB18High St, East Newport12/6
8 Aug 1925Agnes BaxterB24Inverleith Row, Edinburgh17/-[stone 15]
20 Feb [1937]Ellen M MillerB28Newport[stone 15]
19 Feb 1944Jane JustB10Newport[stone 19]
7 Mar 1900Margaret JustC22Gowan Bank, West Newport10/-
5 Apr 1904Charles Henry RatcliffeC6Woodend, West Newport12/6
16 Jan 1911Mary MorrisonC7Poplar Cottage, East Newport12/6
15 Sep 1912Joseph DickC5Railway Cottages, Wormit15/-
9 Jan 1915James MitchellC5Morton5/-
9 May 1917Charles Fyffe AndersonC35Comerton, Leuchars12/6[stone 23]
10 Mar 1921Agnes FyffeC34Comerton, Leuchars12/6[stone 23]
1925David BrandC42Forgan Cottage12/6
1926Elizabeth BrandC44Forgan Cottage12/6
10 Oct 1939Mary BrandC43
20 Aug 1911Alexander McFarlandD1Woodhaven7/6
27 Jul 1903Thomas Brand WilsonD8Knockhill, Forgan12/6[stone 33]
10 Dec 1906Ann JustD20River House, West Newport12/6[stone 31]
18 Apr 1909Thomas RodgerD35Fordelhill17/6
9 Nov 1910Jane RodgerD36Fordelhill17/6
6 Jan 1940Elspeth WilsonD8Vicersford Cemetery Lodge [Vicarsford][stone 33]
19 Feb 1901Ann WilsonE34Seacraig, East Newport10/-
23 Apr 1901Ann JacksonE29Queen St, Newport10/-
10 Jul 1901Isabella ProctorE1Union St, Newport7/6
3 Apr 1902Suttie's child stillbornE1Frairton [Friarton]7/6
18 Feb 1903Helen McGregorE32James Square12/6
14 JunTullis child stillbornE1Friarton7/6
9 Dec 1904Edith KessonE2Flass, Forgan7/6
12 Jan 1905Elizabeth ShepherdE43Balmullo17/6
25 Mar 1907David CampbellE5Newton Farm12/6
29 Jun 1908William Smith FearnE23Dundee Infirmary12/6
stone for William Fearn
29 Aug 1912Helen WhiteE
13 Oct 1922Thomas FearnE24The Smithy, St Fort12/6[stone 35]
1 Nov 1926Thomas FearnE23The Smithy, St Fort[stone 35]
2 Apr 1932Ann FearnE24Rock House, Wormit[stone 35]
11 Oct 1901Jane HarrisF37Pickletillum12/6
14 Nov 1906Agnes BrandF2Robert St, East Newport12/6

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