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IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WHO DIED AT BURNSIDE 13TH APRIL 1888
AGED 79 YEARS
DIED 17TH JULY 1900 AGED 86 YEARS
DIED 21ST JUNE 1909, AGED 60 YEARS
DIED 30TH DECEMBER 1910 AGED 53 YEARS
William Clark, named on this monument, was a son of the soil having been born into the farming family of William Clark Snr, and Janet Russell. Various children of this family, amongst whom were siblings of William Jnr., were engaged in farming over the parishes of Mearns, Cathcart and Carmunnock.
In 1840 William married Ann Allison a Carmunnock resident. The marriage took place in that village and shortly after the couple took tenancy of the sixty-five acre arable farm of Burnside. This farm, still extant, is situated opposite the main gates of Greenbank Estate on the Mearns Road, Clarkston.
The couple raised six children, two of whom, son James and daughter Janet, remained with their parents on the farm and never married. Son William took tenancy of Netherlee Farm while daughter Jean married John Clark of Hazelden Farm.
During February, 1863 the family were to suffer from an outbreak of gastric fever which tragically was to take the life of their child Ann. So bad was this outbreak that none of the family was able to register the death, a task performed by the doctor John Pollock on their behalf.
Over the years further land was added to the farm so that by 1881 the acreage worked had increased to ninety-five in total. Most of the farm fields have now been incorporated into Cathcart Castle Golf Course.
William died in 1888 of bronchitis aged seventy-nine years, but the farm continued to function under the control of his widow for another twelve years until her death in 1900 at the advanced age of eighty-six years. Son James along with his sister Janet, neither of whom married, continued to live and work the farm until both their deaths within a year of one another bringing to the end a family association with Burnside Farm that had extended over seventy years.