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Searching for Anne McLaren Armour 1837 - 1928


We took a trip recently to Edinburgh and while there took a wander along to Dalry cemetery, as my Great Great Granny, Anne Armour is buried there. Dad mentioned that she had been buried in Edinburgh, and only had a very small headstone. This undertakers bill, shows that it was in Dalry Cemetery. It was an interesting place, if not a bit overgrown with plants and weeds etc , no doubt a haven for wildlife, however we did not locate any relatives graves as it looks like I will need to obtain a map showing the original layout of the graveyard.
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Anne McLaren Armour had spent the last years of her life staying with my Granny Paton in
Parliament Square Kings Kettle, and dad remembers her although he was only four years old at the time.

When Anne died it was arranged for her to be buried in Dalry Cemetery Edinburgh and this was a 150 mile round trip from Kingskettle as no Forth Road bridge existed at the time, there was a ferry but it looks like they went by road. In fact the Kincardine bridge was not even built so they must have travelled via Stirling to get there, a long way to go on a winters day, 5th December 1928.

So why was she buried in Dalry, such a long way to go? It would appear that in 1874 her father Robert Mclaren, my 3x Great Grandfather, had obtained a plot in the Dalry Cemetery. He was living at the cottage of "Greenwells" in the Lomond Hills above Falkland at the time, so I find it strange why he should want a burial plot in Edinburgh, perhaps I will find out sometime. Robert was actually buried in Falkland new cemetery, the Headstone is shown below.


I have a document showing the number of his lair at the Edinburgh Dalry cemetery but I now need a plan or layout to locate this.

In 1876 Robert McLaren wrote a letter transferring his rights to the piece of ground at Dalry and passing them to his daughter Margaret Jack. Margaret was staying with her husband John at 2a Haddington Place Edinburgh at the time, running a Dairy business. A copy of her father, Robert McLaren's letter is shown below.

However as the years pass Margaret and John Jack eventually move to Auchtermuchty in Fife. Come 1882 Margaret decided to give the burial plot to her sister Anne Armour and so put pen to paper, writing the letter below to the cemetery company Dalry Edinburgh.

Ann McLaren now had the right of burial at Dalry Cemetery, where indeed she was buried. I now need to find out where plot 139 in compartment "D" is in Dalry Cemetery Edinburgh.

I decided to send an e-mail to asking as to the location of the grave in plot Compartment D number 139.

I received the following reply:

According to our records grave D 139 within Comely Bank Cemetery is not marked with a headstone. Please see below the graves closest which are marked with a headstone to help you find your way. The grave is located in Section D, Subsection D1, please see this highlighted on the attached cemetery map.

D 132
D 140

I hope this information helps,

Kind Regards,

Looking at the map it would appear that the grave is along the Western wall of the cemetery. They say their records show it not to be marked with a headstone but my Dad reckons it was a small headstone, perhaps there could be a small plaque on the wall? It looks like another visit is required.

The picture above is looking West with subsection "S1" on the righthand side of the path.

My father informs me he visited this cemetery with his mother and his "Aunty" Mary (That would have been Mary Ritchie nee Fehrenbach) They had great difficulty all those many years ago to locate the grave, but they did find it located by a small plaque on the ground. I would imagine by now that it will be well overgrown.


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