Stone No. G302, Face: East
· NOTHING · IN · MY · HAND · I · BRING · SIMPLY · TO · THY ·
CROSS · I · CLING ·
ALEXANDER BEATON · LAING ·
IN AFFECTIONATE · REMEMBRANCE ·
OF · ELISABETH · BEAVER · HIS WIFE ·
WHO · DIED · 4TH JANUARY 1879 ·
AGED · 64 · YEARS.
THE ABOVE ALEXANDER B. LAING
DIED APRIL 9TH 1889. AGED 73 YEARS.
THEIR GRAND CHILDREN.
ALEXANDER BEATON, DIED JANRY 23D 1881.
AGED 3½ YEARS.
AND ROBERT FORREST. DIED FEBRY 16TH 1881.
AGED 5½ MONTHS.
AGNES MARGARET, DIED APRIL 10TH 1885,
AGED 7 MONTHS.
CHARLES, DIED OCTOBER 5TH 1895,
AGED 10 MONTHS.
THEIR SON ALEXANDER LAING
BORN JANUARY 9TH 1844,
DIED JANUARY 4TH 1901.
ALSO THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER MYRA
BORN JULY 25TH 1876, DIED SEP. 8TH 1901
THEIR GRANDSON GEORGE
LIEUT, 9TH SCOTTISH RIFLES
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
10TH APRIL 1917 AGED 24 YEARS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE ALEXANDER LAING
DIED 9TH DECEMBER 1941, IN HER 88TH YEAR
ALEXR LAING McCALLUM, BORN 26 NOV. 1907. DIED 28 DEC 1907.
Alexander B. Laing, mason / builder, came to East Linton in 1842 to work with Messrs. Pettigrew, Spence and Massey. He was a talented monumental sculptor who carved several of the tombstones in Prestonkirk and also the lions which sit above the Red Lion Hotel, now the Bridgend Hotel, and his former home in Lauder Place. He was elected one of the first Police Commissioners in East Linton in 1863. He supervised the laying down of the East Linton gasworks in 1846 and was gasworks manager for a number of years. He was also a poet of some note. The second named Alexander Laing was also a builder and had a younger brother, George, who emigrated to Australia in about 1885, having previously been a clerk in the West Barns Paper Works. He died at Brisbane on 10th April, 1918, aged 64, leaving a widow and family.
Stone No. G302, Face: West
DIED 13TH FEBRUARY 1896,
AGED 29 YEARS.
DIED 9TH MARCH 1920
AGED 49 YEARS.
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