Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

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Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

Postby lindaf » Mon May 15, 2017 9:56 pm

I have just found the record plus a photo of my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather's family grave in Kilkerran Old Cemetery.
I visited the Cemetery 3 years ago when I spent a week exploring my Clark family in Campbeltown.
Please can you help here. Is Kilkerran Old Cemetery the portion that the public can't go into?
However the photo of the headstone is in good condition and the small area shown that its in looks maintained. The reference given is map location NR7219, Image no. 401, Field 1 10.
Might those details be of help for me finding the plot when I come to visit again in June.
The headstone has at its very top the letters RV. Can you help by telling me what that stands for. I have noticed that on another grave too.
The name of my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather is Matthew Clark. Under his name in large writing is "Wright". I knew this was his occupation and it might seem he was proud of this because the headstone has been erected initially for his daughter Mary who died in 1826 age 15. Under her name is his son Alexander, Lost at Sea 1839 age 25, "on board ..."[I can't make out the ship.]
There is possibly another name indistiquishable under this. Matthew himself, with not much room now is in small, died 1851 age 71. And finally his wife Catherine McMillan d.1862 age 74.
Very grateful for any help here!
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Re: Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

Postby lindaf » Wed May 24, 2017 5:19 pm

As I had no response to my question, I e-mailed the Campbeltown Heritage Centre, who were most helpful.
Kilkerran Old Cemetery is the Old Burial Ground with its stone wall and gates, and officially unavailable for public access due to safety reasons.
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Re: Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

Postby jaywalker » Thu May 25, 2017 12:52 pm

When you make it down to Kilkerran, speak to the lads from the Council working there I have always found them very helpful when I have needed help.
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Re: Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

Postby lindaf » Sun May 28, 2017 9:03 am

Thank you for that suggestion, I will certainly do so.
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Re: Kilkerran Cemetery, Matthew Clark 1777 - 1851

Postby lindaf » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:43 pm

I'm now back home from my month in tent in Argyll, 10 days of which were in Kintyre. I had great success in further exploring my Campbeltown Roots.
I'm delighted to say that I did find the headstone erected in 1825 by my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather Matthew Clark for his family. The Cemetery Groundsman was extremely helpful.
The RV inscription in the centre top was a puzzle for both him and also the Undertaker who I then paid a visit to. Neither had noticed this on the very few my husband and I found that have it.
I today put in various combinations of thoughts on the web and I came across RV being an abbreviation for Registrum Vetus. This is Latin for "Old Register". The Scottish Catholic Archives hold some of these.
So might it be this was a subtle sign Matthew b. 1777 was Catholic. I read that relaxation of legislation against Catholics began in the 1790's and most Catholic records in Scotland only began in the 30 years following this.
My previous archive findings and FamilySearch use had led me to believe Matthew's earlier family of John Clark members had been involved and imprisoned, then forgiven, for their part in the Jacobite uprisings with the Duke of Argyll. So Matthew being Catholic would align with that.
I am hoping the Scottish Catholic Archives respond to my request for confirmation of the RV on a headstone being this abbreviation.
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