ST Ninians Kirkyard

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Probably the earliest place of burial in the parish, containing over 400 visible headstones. The old kirk was dedicated to St.Ninian in the 9th century, though earlier timber built churches may have been present on this site. All that remains toady is the gable end of a pre-reformation church and it’s bell tower .
One of the memorials here is to a martyr of the Battle of Drumclog, covenanter James Thomson of Tanhill. He was killed by Bloody Graham of Claverhouse during the skirmish in 1679. This memorial stone is known locally as the Bloodstone or ‘Bloodstane’. This comes from the myth that if you insert your finger into the skull’s mouth on the memorial, it would run with blood when you withdraw your finger. The Bloodstone superstition can be explained by the red ochre seam that runs through the grey sandstone, but that doesn’t stop many a schoolchild being scared out of their wits.
The church probably fell into disrepair in the latter half of the seventeenth century and a new church was opened in New Street in 1772 in the centre of the village. The new larger building was situated adjacent to Stonehouse Cross.

The Heritage Group have over the past few years carried out important work recently, raising and cleaning many of the stones which had been pushed over , broken and neglected. The stones which can be read have had their inscriptions recorded and these can be accessed via the members only section of the web site. MEMBERS ONLY

In January 2002, Stonehouse historian , John R.Young launched his 3rd book. It gives an in-depth review of St.Ninian’s and wishes to make local people aware of it’s great historical significance. John hopes it will give young people a better understanding and appreciation of the cemetery’s heritage value to the local community.
Whilst carrying out his project John had to map out the existing stones and create stone reference numbers for them. A copy of this plan is included in the following link. St-NiniansGravePlan 

The stone numbering follows this plan as no other plan was available from the local authority although the group does have an index of lair owners  however the source of this is information is unclear and the lair numbers don’t match the St Ninians grave plan .

 Lair Owners for St Ninians Kirkyard (Source Unknown)

Lair Owner details for Old St. Ninians Kirkyard (Cemetery ) (Source of Record unknown)        
SurnameForenamesTitleAddressLair No.
AllanJamesWest Mains, Stonehouse343
AllanJamesWest Mains, Stonehouse344
AllanJohnNew Street, Stonehouse11
BanksAndrewTownhead, Stonehouse376
BarrieWilliamNew Street, Stonehouse207
BarrieMrsNew Street, Stonehouse427
BorlandJamesMrsCamnethan Street, Stonehouse370
Borland or MillarJaneLawrie Street, Stonehouse72
BrownJanetHill Road, Stonehouse36
BrownJessieKing Street, Stonehouse41
BrownJamesNew Street, Stonehouse132
BrownJamesQueen Street, Stonehouse152
BruceWilliamBoghall Street, Stonehouse90
BurkeMrsStrathaven Road, Stonehouse28
CameronJohnLockhart Street, Stonehouse484
CochraneJamesTownhead Street, Stonehouse140
CraigJohnNew Street, Stonehouse425
CraigMrsKing Street, Stonehouse472
CuthbertsonGeorgeCamnethan Street, Stonehouse68
ForrestThomasLawrie Street, Stonehouse477
GibsonWilliamQueen Street, Stonehouse192
GilliesMrsGreen Street, Stonehouse399
GilliesMrsGreen Street, Stonehouse400
GrayEMrsLockhart Street, Stonehouse13
GrayLockhart Street, Stonehouse533
HamiltonJAngle Street, Sonehouse48
HamiltonJMrsAngle Street, Sonehouse48
HamiltonKateTownhead Street, Stonehouse267
HamiltonJamesLoch Cottage292
HamiltonRobert and JamesCamnethan Street, Stonehouse444
HamiltonMtsHill Road, Stonehouse503
HutchinsGeorgeBoghall Street, Stonehouse218
JacksonJamesMrsKing Street, Stonehouse26
JamiesonMargaretTownhead Street, Stonehouse436
JamiesonRobertLockhart Street, Stonehouse205
JohnstoneKateCamnethan Street, Stonehouse441
LawrieGavinKing Street, Stonehouse432
LeiperAgnesLawrie Street, Stonehouse29
LeiperALawrie Street, Stonehouse340
LeitchRachelHartwood Asylum330
LeithWilliamAngle Street, Stonehouse223
LeithWilliamAngle Street, Stonehouse224
LeithWilliamAngle Street, Stonehouse225
LeithJohnAngle Street, Stonehouse421
LeithJamesNew Street, Stonehouse347
MackieWilliamHill Road, Stonehouse167
MairWilliamMrsAngle Street, Stonehouse526
McKenzieWilliamSidehead Cottage, Stonehouse507
McMillanAngusVicars Road, Stonehouse413
McNivenJeanieCamnethan Street, Stonehouse10
MillarRobertUnion Street, Stonehouse118
MillarEup.New Street, Stonehouse359
MillarRobertCamnethan Street, Stonehouse348
MuirJohnKing Street, Stonehouse176
MuirMaggieKing Street, Stonehouse184
MuterMrsCamnethan Street, Stonehouse460
PettigrewJanetLockhart Street, Stonehouse527
RaeMaryAngle Street, Stonehouse117
RussellMrsKing Street, Stonehouse183
RussellRobert and MrsHamilton404
ScottThomasKing Street, Stonehouse26
SievewrightMrHill Road, Stonehouse64
SievewrightMrsHill Road, Stonehouse64
SomervilleWilliam R.Wishaw334
SorbieAlexHill Road, Stonehouse30
SorbieJamesCamnethan Street, Stonehouse320
SteeleArchibaldMeile of Watson458
StevensonWilliamLawrie Street, Stonehouse341
Stewart or McCreadJanetKing Street, Stonehouse283
SummersPeterCamnethan Street, Stonehouse40
SummersAndrewGreen Street, Stonehouse446
ThomsonJKing Street, Stonehouse47
ThomsonJamesUnion Street, Stonehouse124
ThomsonAndrewMrsNew Street, Stonehouse395
ThomsonRobertHill Road, Stonehouse448
ThomsonAnnThe Cross, Stonehouse467
TorranceMargaretCamnethan Street, Stonehouse243
TudhopeJohnQueen Street, Stonehouse33
WardropeGraceKing Street, Stonehouse222
WeirJanetTownhead Street, Stonehouse401
WhitefieldMrsKirk Street, Stonehouse327
WhitelawJohnUnion Street, Stonehouse107
WilsonUdston Farm, Stonehouse32
WilsonJanetAngle Street, Stonehouse393
WilsonLizzieOld Ship Bar, Stonehouse461
WilsonJames and Thomas516
WisemanJeanieCamnethan Street, Stonehouse131

Gravestone Inscriptions

The group has a record of all the gravestone inscriptions that are readable and has created a searchable data set which allows members to search for a main name or associated name and can view any recorded inscription.  this information is located in the  members only area.

Other Information

John Young has written another booklet on St Ninian and funding for this book was provided by the heritage group. The group has also partnered with a local model maker and a scale model of the perceived layout of the church is available to purchase from the group or direct from the model maker who can be contacted via his web site

If you are interested in recording gravestones or understanding the symbols used on stones then the attached document. Gravestone recording.[/fusion_builder_column]