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Still looking for Anne Armour - died 1928.

We were in Edinburgh today and took another wander along to Dalry Cemetery looking for the grave of Anne McLearn Armour. We had been there a while ago but had gone without a map or plan, more for just a look I suppose. It's just as much a jungle today as it was then, but now armed with a plan of the cemetery and the names of people buried in the adjacent plots, as we had been advised there was no gravestone noted for Ann in the records. The detail we had showed that we needed to search along the whole of the west wall of the cemetery for our plot D139. What we needed to find was a gravestone marked Yorkston 1894 in plot D140 and another marked William Wells 1930 plot D132 (advised this one was laid flat though).  Off we headed through the Jungle of Brambles and all sorts of weeds.

Just as well I had taken a pair of gardening gloves with me, as to get a good look at the wall you had to pull many thorny Bramble bushes aside to see if any gravestones were hiding behind. We started at the bottom and worked our way up to the top of the cemetery with no luck, so we decided to have another closer look on the way down. Once again Kim came up trumps and announced she had found a grave marked Yorston we had been looking for Yorkston, however it was the correct date of death, so it appears there had been a spelling error in the name given to us. 

This Yorston grave was plot 140 the adjacent one to Anne's plot 139, so in I waded pulling Brambles aside and covered in sticky willow looked further up the wall where Anne's plot should be. The wall looked very bare no small plaques, hower Dad had said there was a small plaque located on the ground, however that was almost impossible to see without a good set of secateurs, which I didn't have available. However nearby I did uncover a rather large toppled headstone which may have been covering any smaller one. The picture below shows the Yorston gravestone and the bare wall where any headstone for Anne would have been, although Bearing in mind that Dad said it was actually a small on on the ground, you would need to clear the undergrowth considerably for a good look. A closer look of the picture you can see part of the toppled headstone in the bottom left, in the brambles.  No name can be seen on the toppled stone as it's upside down.

Anyway I'm sure we have now located the correct location, just as yet no marker stone of any kind.
So for now happy to know the location seen in the picture below. Plot 140, the Yorston grave is the large stone centre of the picture, with Anne's plot 139 would be further along the wall towards the left of the photo.

John Yorston was only a 6 year old boy when he died of Dipthearea on 2nd January 1894. His father also John was a lorry man. Young John was staying at 10 Gibson Terrace in Edinburgh during the census of 1891, with his father John, mother Alice, and younger brother William.

Thought I'd add the last one above, just along the wall a wee bit, nicely framed in the brambles.


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