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IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WHO DIED 21ST MAY 1880, AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO THEIR SONS ROBERT,
DIED 17TH DECR 1872, AGED 7 YEARS.
DIED 27TH OCTR 1897, AGED 21 YEARS
DIED 13TH FEBY 1905, AGED 83 YEARS
“THEY ARE NOT LOST, BUT GONE BEFORE”
Charles Harvie, the principal person named on this monument, was a son of the soil having been born to farmer George Harvie and his wife Margaret in Hamilton in 1821. His parents in late middle-age had taken up residence at the farm known as Little Greenlaw, a farm of only nine acres in extent which would appear to have been especially created for this family by their relations who occupied the larger farm of Greenlaw. The larger unit was run by Charles’s uncle John Harvie, and in the times in question was known as Over Greenlaw.
Despite its relatively small size, the farm seemed to be able to support George and his family for many years. It is likely that the family income may well have been augmented by family members being employed on occasions on the larger farm. George’s son Charles was designated as a ploughman before taking over at Little Greenlaw, so would have more than possibly been employed on the larger unit of Greenlaw, it being one hundred and forty-three acres in extent. The Greenlaw farms were situated to the north of the village of Newton on the Stewarton Rd near to Patterton.
Charles, aged thirty-six years, was to marry Janet Baird, an East Kilbride woman some thirteen years his junior. Once the children of this union began to arrive it would have seemed clear to Charles that he would require a larger farm to support his ever increasing brood. He was able to acquire the tenancy of the farm of Waterside, a ninety-five acre spread near to Little Greenlaw.
Fortune did not look kindly on this family as it was sorely deprived of its wife and mother when Janet Baird died at the age of only forty-one years in 1880. She had suffered an embolism owing to the premature birth of her daughter Lillias, who had failed to survive four days previously. The couple had already lost one of their children, son Robert, at the age of seven years to the condition known as hydrocephalus. Charles was then left to raise a family of five children aged between twelve and two years without the aid of a wife. He never remarried but employed a succession of servants to help raise his family.
The family seemed to prosper at Waterside as at one time they were shown to employ a staff of four farm servants, a sign of a very active business. Before his own demise in 1909 at the advanced age of eighty-three years, Charles had to lay another of his children, son Charles, in the grave alongside his younger sibling. Charles Jnr. Had suffered an epileptic convulsion the result of which was to take his life in 1897 aged only twenty-one years.