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IN MEMORY OF HIS FATHER
WHO DIED 29TH DECR 1852
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO HIS MOTHER AGNES ALLISON
DIED 29TH MARCH 1904 AGED 87 YEARS
JOHN STRANG THEIR SON
DIED 26TH APRIL, 1927 AGED 81 YEARS
ALEXANDER WATSON GRANDSON
DIED 30TH MAY 1928 AGED 61 YEARS
MARGARET STRANG WATSON
DIED 15TH SEPT. 1931 AGED 89 YEARS
This very impressive monument takes its influence from classical Greek architecture. Made from granite the monument is a tall oblong shaped column topped with a triumphal arch on the apex of which is placed a funereal urn and cloth.
The family to whom this memorial belongs was a branch of a large group of farmers within the parish of Mearns. The Strangs, as they were commonly known, had originally come from the parish of Eaglesham before settling in Mearns and one of the branches of this family farmed at Shaw Farm. The Strangs commemorated on this stone were closely related but separate from the aforesaid family as they had been farming at Hazeldenhead Farm for at least three generations.
John Strang, responsible for the erection of this monument, was the fourth child in a family of seven children born to James and Agnes Strang (nee Allison). This couple farmed at Hazeldenhead Farm near to the hamlet of Hazelden. The farm had been operated by James’s parents Andrew Strang and Janet Sproul prior to this and they in turn had been able to raise a family successfully off its produce. Although only 52 acres in extent the farm was one of a group of farms situated in the vicinity, all of which appeared to function successfully.
James was born at Hazeldenmains Farm on 9th July, 1810 but was not to marry until 1841 after the death of his father. At the time of his marriage he was running the farm along with his widowed mother and his sister Margaret and brother William.
His new bride, also born in the Mearns, was Ann Allison, daughter of James Allison and Margaret Ritchie, farmers at Malletsheugh. The marriage took place in the Mearns, probably as was the habit of the time, at the bride’s home at Malletsheugh Farm, on 29th August, 1841.
Settling down in her new abode it did not take long before the new family of Strangs started to appear. Son Andrew was first to be born in December, 1841, followed by daughter Margaret in March, 1843, then James born November, 1844. This child did not survive babyhood but his name was to be given to a later child. Next came son John born August, 1846, the new James born March, 1848, sister Janet born March, 1850 and finally Agnes born July, 1852.
Unfortunately the father of this large number of children was to die in the prime of life aged forty-two years, only five months after the birth of his last child. This traumatic occurrence effectively put a stop to the Strang family life at Hazeldenmains as the farm passed into other hands shortly thereafter.