Thursday, 5 July 2012

In Memoriam - Further Victorian 'In Memoriam' Cards

Catherine Struthers, Died 7th Dec 1886

The interest shown in my previous blog of old In Memoriam cards has spurred me onto creating another further themed blog, this one is for cards up to 1899. I have also integrated any extant photographs of the deceased, being taken as close possible to their respective deaths. The verses are taken from the actual cards. There may be some overlap with my previous blog if I have now included photos of the deceased.

John Bell, Millburn Farm, Dalserf, Scotland :

"In Memory of John Bell, Who died at Millburn Farm,
Dalserf, on the 12th June, 1876, aged 79 years"  

William Letham, Eastmains Farm, Stonehouse, Scotland : 

In Memoriam -
William Letham, Eastmains

William Letham,
Died Dec 1877

Thomas Watson, Muirhead, Dalserf, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Thomas Watson Snr

In Memoriam - Thomas Watson Snr,
Died at Muirhead, Dalserf
16 Oct 1881, aged 70 years 

Daniel Hamilton Jnr., Crumhaugh, Stonehouse :

In Memoriam - Daniel Hamilton Jnr.

In Memoriam - Daniel Hamilton Jnr.

"Choice befits not my condition; acquiesence suits me best"

Daniel Hamilton Jnr,
Died 11 April 1882, aged 37 years

John Watson, Candermains (Late of Crossford), Scotland :

In Memoriam - John Watson, Crossford

In Memoriam - John Watson

John Watson,
Died 4 Aug 1883 in his 65th year

Elizabeth Lang Muter, Watstown Farm, Stonehouse, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Mrs Elizabeth Lang Muter

In Memoriam - Mrs Elizabeth Lang Muter

"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep,
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."

Mrs Elizabeth L Muter,
Died 30 Jan 1886, Aged 75 years

Catherine Struthers, Broomfield, Dalserf, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Catherine Struthers

"Happy thou, so soon ascended,
With thy shining raiment on !
Happy thou, whose race is ended
With a crown so quickly won !"

Catherine Struthers,
Died 7th Dec 1886, aged 18 years 

Rev. Janes Dunn, Church of Scotland Minister, Stonehouse, Scotland : 

In Memoriam - Rev James Dunn,
Church of Scotland, Stonehouse

In Memoriam - Rev James Dunn

"Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh"

Rev James Dunn,
Died 24 Mar 1887, aged 66 years

James Letham, Canderwater, Scotland :

In Memoriam - James Letham

"Suffer little children to come unto me,
and forbid them not;
for of such is the Kingdom of God
Luke, xviii, 16

James Letham,
Died 4th Feb 1889, aged 1 year and 11 months.

Allan Struthers, Picton, New South Wales, Australia (late of Broomfield, Dalserf, Scotland) :

In Memoriam - Allan Struther

"Had I but seen thee still in life,
And watched thy dying bed,
Caught the last flickering of thy breath,
Pillowed thy drooping head,
My heart, methinks, would not have felt
This bitterness of grief;
But God has willed it otherwise,
And now you rest in peace."

Allan Struthers,
Died 21st May 1889, in his 23rd year.

John Paterson, Shawhead, Stonehouse, Scotland :

In Memoriam - John Paterson

"Thou art gone to the grave, but we will no deplore thee,
Through darkness and sorrow encircle the tomb,
The Saviour has passed through its portals before thee,
And the lamp of His Love be thy guide through the gloom.

Thou art gone to the grave - we no longer behold thee,
Whose God was thy ransom, thy guardian, and guide;
He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee,
And death has no sting, for the Saviour has died." 

John Paterson,
Died 2nd July 1889, aged 3 years

William Struthers, Broomfield, Dalserf, Scotland :

In Memoriam - William Struthers

"Much we loved thee, much we mourn,
Our joys with thee on earth are o'er;
Oh! why should we in anguish weep?
Thou art not lost, but gone before."

William Struthers,
Died 21st October 1890, aged 19 years

James Frame, Woodside House, Hamilton, Scotland : 

In Memoriam - James Frame

"A light from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant at our hearth
The world can never fill."

James Frame,
Died 14th Feb 1891, aged 42 years

Allan Struthers, Broomfield, Dalserf, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Allan Struthers

"God forbade his longer stay,
God recalled the precious loan;
God hath taken him away
From my bosom to HIs own;
Surely what God wills is best,
Happy in his will I rest."

Allan Struthers,
Died 4th April 1893, aged 2 years & 6 months.

Christina Letham, Canderwater, Lesmahagow :

In Memoriam - Christina Letham

"Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!"

Christina Letham,
Died 16th June 1893, aged 15 years.

Lillias Sandilands Pate, Draffan, Leshamahagow, Scotland : 

In Memoriam -
Lillias Sandilands Pate
Draffan, Lesmahagow

Lillias Sandilands Pate
"Died here on Sunday"
25 Dec 1893 

Mary Dyer (née Rodger), Sandyholm, Crossford, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Mary Dyer

"Thy voice is now silent, thy heart is now cold,
Where thy smile and thy welcome oft met us of old,
We miss thee and mourn thee in silence unseen.
And dwell on the memory of joys that have been.

O help us, our Father, no more to repine
O'er the loved one we now see no more;
But teach us to say : Take, O God, what is thine,
Till we meet her on Canaan's bright shore."

Mary Dyer,
Died 15th January 1895, aged 45 years.

William Baird, 12 Lylesland, Paisley, Scotland :

In Memoriam - William Baird
12 Lylesland, Paisley

In Memoriam - William Baird

"We miss thee and mourn thee
In silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory
Of joys that have been."

William Baird,
Died 18 Jan 1896, in his 33rd Year

William Thomson, Candermill, Stonehouse, Scotland :

In Memoriam - William Thomson

"A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant at our hearth
The world can never fill."

William Thomson,
Died 17th March 1896, in his 39th year. 

Gavin Boyd, Croft, Larkhall, Scotland :

In Memoriam - Gavin Boyd

"Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling.

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest."  

Gavin Boyd,
Died 23 Oct 1896

James Lohoar, Lochhead, Dalserf, Scotland :

In Memoriam - James Lohoar

"Oh, call it not death! it is life begun;
The waters are past, the home is won;
The ransomed spirit hath reached the shore
Where they sin and suffer and weep no more."

James Lohoar,
Died 21st Oct 1898, in his 78th year. 

Thomas Watson, Muirhead, Dalserf, Scotland & Meadowbank, Heddon Bush, New Zealand  :

In Memoriam - Thomas Watson

In Memoriam - Thomas Watson

"Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart;
'Tis hard, so hard to speak the words;
We for a time must part.

Dearest love one, we have laid thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy heavenly face."

Thomas Watson,
Died 27 Feb 1899, Aged 47 years

Bibliography :

- All images are from my own collection and may be freely copied for personal use provided a link is given back to this page.

1 comment:

  1. It seems like very refined, sensitive way to inform friends, family and colleagues of a person's death.

    Rest In The Lord is not helpful information, but some of your examples are full of material that recipients would want to know. The photos were beautifully handled.


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