Suicide stone

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
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L 190mm, W 110mm, H 60mm
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sedimentary rock, sandstone
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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