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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]
11 Apr 1929Jean SmithI13West Newport[stone 72]
23 Feb 1946Betsy SmithI11Leuchars[stone 72]
23 Mar 1900Hugh ThomsonJ18Scroggieside, Newport10/-
16 Feb 1901Arthurina Watson HendersonJ2Woodhaven5/-
13 Mar 1905Ann GibsonJ26The Offices, Tayfield12/6[stone 80]
14 Jan 1901James PeeblesJ24Bogearn, Forgan10/-[stone 90]
3 Jan 1906Charles RobbJ4Cupar Asylum12/6
28 Feb 1906George MitchellJ17Upper Friarton12/6
12 May 1906A Peebles stillborn childJ23Bogearn7/6
28 Aug 1907Wilhelmina BerryJ Tayfield Inclosure12/6[stone 87]
1939Isabella BerryJ south side[stone 85]
1 Mar 1912Isabella McIntoshJ7William St, Newport12/6
27 May 1913John Clark PeeblesJ24Bogearn, Forgan12/6[stone 90]
11 Aug [1915]Margaret Higgins BerryJ Tayfield Inclosure12/6[stone 86]
15 Aug 1916Isabella RobbJ4The Granary, West Newport12/6
19 Sep 1916Patrick FayJ5Longcraig Cottage, Wormit12/6
23 Jul 1924Alexander McIntoshJ7George Sq, Coupar Angus17/6
9 Feb 1939Isabella BerryJ Incloser Tayfield south side[stone 85]
20 Sep 1900Williamina EdingtonK3Waterston Crook, West Newport10/-
14 Mar 1902James StewartK5Woodhaven, Forgan12/6
16 Sep 1903Agnes MurrayK11Waterston Crook12/6
26 Sep 1903John LindsayK14West Newport12/6
12 Mar 1915Robert MurrayK12Victoria Hospital12/6
13 Apr 1921Agne EdingtonK3Fife & Kinross12/6
10 Jul 1921Christina HowettK4Robert St12/6
8 Jul 1927Isabella LindsayK14Station Road, Thornton
July [1936]Jemima Edington, Nurse EdingtonK3Newport
23 Aug 1902Buist stillborn childL4Woodhaven7/6
18 Mar 1904Jane EddieL7Gas Lane, East Newport12/6
28 Mar 1904Mary PitcaithlyL10Woodhaven12/6
13 Jul 1904Robert EddieL8Gas Lane, East Newport12/6
7 Apr 1909Jennet WallaceL3Newton, Forgan12/6
12 Apr 1912Elizabeth DuncanL24Victoria Hospital, Dundee17/6
17 Jan 1900Isabella MathiesonM619 Nelson St, Dundee15/-
2 Oct 1900Elizabeth TurnbullM23Robert St, East Newport10/-[stone 106]
15 Apr 1904Thomas WebsterM3Inverdovat7/6
stillborn child [bracketed with Thomas Webster]M3
10 Apr 1905John AllardiceM34Seacraig, East Newport12/6[stone 115]
21 Feb 1906Margaret TurnbullM24Robert St, East Newport12/6[stone 106]
4 Jul 1944John K TurnbullM25[stone 107]
19 Feb 1949Henry George TurnbullM26[stone 107]
17 Apr 1905Willisher child stillbornN4Tay Terrace, East Newport7/6
4 Jun 1907Ross stillborn childN1High St, East Newport7/6
12 Nov 1910Ander DudgenN5Montrose Royal Asylum17/6[stone 211]
3 Feb 1912Agnis H ChristieN143 Hope St, St Andrews17/6[stone 109]

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