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Monday, September 1, 2014

Kirkpatrick mausoleum at the old Closeburn kirkyard

Posted by Dawn-Ann on February 5, 2010

From the book Records of the Closeburn Kirkpatricks by Major-General C. Kirkpatrick, C.B., C.B.E.:

When the loch [at Closeburn Castle] was drained in 1859, a number of relics were found. Amongst those, was an oak canoe 12 feet long in a good state of preservation. This was sent to the Antiquarian Museum in Edinburgh. The tradition is it was used to carry the dead of the Kirkpatricks across the loch to the family tomb in Closeburn kirkyard.

The 3rd Baronet [Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick] had the family coat of arms carved over the gateway of the tomb, with the Grierson fetlock impaled (his wife’s coat of arms; the addition conforming to heraldic custom).

The words engraved on the stone, read;- “vanitas omnia vanitas” [vanity, all is vanity], and inside, on the walls over the gateway, is inscribed:-

“Nos, nostraque Morte dobemus
Majoribus posterisque
De Closeburn Baronetus
Extratruendum curavit. 1742″.
“Sic transit gloria mundi”.

Signifying, Sir Thos. Kirkpatrick Baronet of Closeburn caused this to be created A.D. 1742.

“We and our relatives
have all to die.”
Thus earthly glory passes”.

Hardly an original thought, but a true prophecy, for his house went up in flames six years later, and he lost all his possessions.

Detail of one of the engravings on the Kirkpatrick mausoleum at the old Closeburn kirkyard.

This is the same mausoleum I wrote of in this post – the one of the skull wearing glasses!

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