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Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Birley Memorial - Kirkham Parish church

This is in the memorials blog. Seems faintly out of place as most of the memorials relate to the fallen in the twentieth century wars. I will try and decode this memorial, much of the dressed stone has chipped or cracked away. Hopefully many of the names at least will still be visible. There is a datastore page here where there are more pictures. These have been used to attempt to decipher the the memorial as well as Ancestry
This is the grandest object in the churchyard by the church. The Birley family had land and influence in this area for generations. Built in the mid 19C initially commemorating William Birley the founder of Kirkham Linen Mill. There is further information relating to Wrea Green and the Birley family here.

The monument as seen from the pathway to the church entrance


William Birley of Kirkham

the son of John and Margaret Birley
died in London May 29, 1850 aged 70 years
and is buried here.
Mary the wife of William Birley
daughter of John and Susanna Swainson of Preston
died February 19, 1819 aged 40 years
and is buried beneath the entrance to this vault.
Margaret, second Wife of
William Birley
died 15 January 1864 Aged 79 years.
Also Edmund William Birley,
elder son of the said Edmund
and Caroline Dorothea Birley
7 December 1940 aged 87 Years

 
(Note this transcription differs from the 'Birley' family website which can be found here).

In memory of
Anne
the beloved wife of
the Rev. John Shepherd Birley, M.A.
eldest son of William and Mary Birley.
She died 12 May, 1872 aged 67 years
and is buried in St. Cuthbert's Lytham
also of her husband
Rev. John Shepherd Birley, M.A.
who died 1 July, 1883
and is interred at St Cuthbert's Lytham

Note to self - Next visit to St Cuthberts...
Beneath are copies of their probates.

 

(Very Difficult and there may be mistakes...)

Mary daughter of William
and Eliza died January ? 18?
Aged  ? Years
and above William Birley second son of William and Mary Birley died at
the Larches  Ashton on Ribby  ??
Eliza aged 82 Years
and is buried here
Eliza wife of William Birley
died  ? April 30 1913
and is buried close to this vault



Caroline Mary Moore
daughter of Blinnhnd and Caroline dau??
died Nov 20 1847 aged 8 months
in loving memory of Caroline Margaret
Wife of James Dunsmure
died Oct 21 1886
buried in the Dean Cemetery Edinburgh
Also of Annie Mary Wife of Colonel Dove
died Jan 20th 1895 buried at St Johns
also of Edmund Birley father of the above
Youngest son of William and Mary Birley
died at Clifton Hall March 28 1895
Aged 77 years and is buried here
also of Caroline Dorothea widow of ??
?? Edmund Birley daughter of the
Rev Richard Moore Vicar of
died August 20 1890
"Begineth his beloved sleep" Psalm cxxvii

also of Helen Maud the beloved wife of
Gervase Arthur Mathew and youngest daughter
of the above Edmund and Caroline Dorothea Birley
<----->
Ada Birley their daughter died March 8th   1934

This is the reply from the Gravestones photo resource with extra information.


This image is from the Gravestone Resource
The picture was taken in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh.
The interesting information relates to
Caroline Margaret Birley, she is mentioned on the Birley Memorial above.
It may be possible to piece together all the missing information
on the rest of the monument.



This is the information that relates to the Dean Cemetery picture.(copy and paste) from the information.

Dean 2e Cemetery
Edinburgh

Full nameagebirth yearburial yearrelationship
James Dunsmure8717711858
Susan Drysdale6917741843wife of James Dunsmure
Lt Henry Alexander Henderson Dunsmure1915son of James Dunsmure
Lt Colin Hamilton Terrot Dunsmure1915son of James Dunsmure
Charles Hill Dunsmure1848unknown
Susan Elizabeth Dunsmure6718151882unknown
James Dunsmure7218141886unknown
Caroline Margaret Birley3618501886unknown
Fairly convinced that she is mentioned on the Birley memorial at Kirkham. Information tallies with the memorial there
James Jnr Dunsmure6118461907unknown



This photo is on the adjoining graveyard to the west of the church. The servicemen's graves will be on a different page.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING
MEMORY OF EDMUND BIRLEY DIED 1895
CAROLINE DOROTHEA BIRLEY DIED 1899
OF CLIFTON HALL WREA PRESTON
AND OF THEIR CHILDREN
EMILY MARION PEEL DIED 1922
CAROLINE MARGARET DUNSMURE DIED 1886
ANNIE MARY DOVE DIED 189?
HELEN MAUD MATHEW DIED 1915
RICHARD MOORE BIRLEY DIED 1926
ADA BIRLEY DIED MARCH 8 1934
ON THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE CROSS IS AN INSCRIPTION
THIS CROSS IS GIFT OF THEIR DAUGHTER ADA BIRLEY
JULY 1929



Seems this has quite a lot of further research before I can complete the transcriptions. Quite a place Kirkham. Done more on the 13/12/12









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