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IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JANE HAMILTON HIS WIFE,
WHO DIED 14TH DECEMBER 1891
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO EMILY THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED 28TH MARCH 1892 AGED 17 YEARS
AND JANE THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED 10TH JUNE 1911, AGED 35 YEARS.
This simple unembellished stone was placed by a man who had lost the three most important women in his life.
John Watt, the person responsible for the erection of this stone, was a carter to trade operating out of the hamlet of Cartsbridge, Busby.
Tragically in 1891 he lost his beloved wife Jane Hamilton aged only forty-seven years of age. Within three months of this terrible loss his seventeen year old elder daughter followed her mother into the grave. This girl who had suffered from internal troubles over two years after an operation succumbed to pneumonia.
John and his other daughter remained at Cartsbridge while John plied his trade. Carters as the name suggests carried goods and people between destinations in horse drawn vehicles. In some instances the carter may have actually owned his own horse and cart and was available for hire by others. In many cases the carts and horses were associated with farms and farming activities, as may have been the case in this instance, as some time later John was classified as a labourer no longer having work as a carter.
His second daughter Jane, named after his wife, was to suffer from kidney trouble and died aged only thirty-five years of age on 10th June, 1911 at Cartsbridge.
No information is available allowing the identification of the origins of the Watt and Hamilton families but they were more than likely to be local.