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[ By ]
[JAMES RU[SS]ELL ]
Memory of his
WHO DIED ON THE
1 [ ] DAY of JULY
Aged [ ]2 Years
This finely decorated tablestone, in memory of Janet Russell (1754-1831), was erected by James Russell of Craigton, her grandson. The daughter of James Russell and Jean Pollock, Janet married John Rodger, a farmer from Neilston, when she was sixteen. The couple raised a family of seven children amongst whom were twin boys.
The Craigton group of farms, of which there were four in number at one period, were occupied by various members of the Russell family, one of whom, James, was responsible for the erection of this memorial. He occupied Low Craigton farm, which lay between Middleton and Walton farms on the track between Mearns and Neilston. Each of these farms occupied land units not exceeding fifty acres, and Low Craigton was the smallest, being forty acres in size.
James Russell, born to William Russell and Margaret Gilmour about 1817, farmed at Low Craigton for over forty years. He married Janet Paterson Anderson in Mearns in 1837 and the couple produced five daughters
It is clear that James held his grandmother in great respect, since he took the time and expense to have this substantial monument erected in her memory.