Photographer's Note

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." - but for one family this was most definitely the very worst ever.

Yesterday I showed you some photographs taken during a country walk with friends in the hills near the little village of Coulter, near Biggar. On our way back we came to the lovely little Culter Kirk and just had to have a little wander around its grounds.

As you walk through the church gate, the first thing which strikes you is a family monument - and you can see and read one face of it in the first image in this triptych - a very depressing list of deaths of one poor couple's children:

A daughter, Janet, died in infancy on 18th December, 1848 - and then - worse to come:

Three children, Margaret, John & James, aged 3, 17 and 10 years respectively, died in the three week period from Christmas Eve, 1859 to 14th January, 1860. Horrendous!

So, as we are all suffering from the effects of the Coronavirus just now, we can only begin to imagine just what suffering that poor family must have gone through - and they would definitely not have had any sort of financial or psychological support other than from their own family members and, in those days, probably also the Church.

Also in this triptych, a photograph of Culter Kirk itself (you can see the monument to the right side of the path) and a shot of a wrought iron gate in the churchyard with a profound and very stark reminder of what is to come for all of us.

ISO 800, 1/160 sec at f/8, focal length 25mm.

You can see the location of Culter Kirk at: 55.591124, -3.543738 or click on Map: view.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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