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In Loving Memory
SAMUEL CAMPBELL REID
DIED 4 th AUGUST 1933
AGED 79 YEARS
AND HIS WIFE
DIED 4 th APRIL 1929
AGED 84 YEARS
On 31st December, 1874, in a simple cottage in Main Street, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, the couple named on this monument were joined in matrimony by the Rev. James Maxwell of the Free Church of Scotland of that town.
The bridegroom Samuel Campbell Reid had been raised in the same street by his parents, father Samuel a railway surfaceman and his mother Mary Campbell. Samuel Jnr. had received little if any formal education as he was unable to sign his own name on the wedding certificate, merely making the mark of a cross.
Working as a labourer at the local brickworks he was twenty-two years of age when he married his spouse Isabella Morton.
Although Isabella lived in the same street as Samuel, the fact that her father also worked as a labourer in the brickworks may have been the means whereby this couple came together. Isabella was five years older than her intended and worked as a bonnet maker. The trade of bonnet making was widespread in North Ayrshire in those times with many young women being employed in this industry. Isabella like her husband merely made her mark on the marriage certificate.
Why and when the couple arrived in the Mearns is unknown but they were to be resident there when they died in 1929 and 1933 aged eighty-four years and seventy-nine years respectively.