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Suicide stone

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This stone has the initials "W K", the date "1767" and "E 25", possibly meaning aged 25 years. At this time people who died by suicide could not receive a Christian funeral or be buried in a churchyard.

 

On its summit the counties of Lanark and Dumfries meet, as also three lairds' lands, and here it was the custom up to fifty years ago, to bury suicides. Any more solitary and out-of-the-world place could hardly be conceived. The bodies were brought from great distances...

John Brown, The Enterkin, 1876

Materials/Media:
sedimentary rock, sandstone
Dimensions:
L 190mm, W 110mm, H 60mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1952.22
Digital Number:
DMST015n
Creation Date:
1767
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council