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A couple of days ago, I received a request for information about a Douglas family from Nesbit, in Roxburghshire.

By chance, I possessed an invitation to the opening yesterday of the restored Monteath Douglas Mausoleum, just a few miles away, so I made diversion to the graveyard at Nesbit hoping to find some Douglas gravemarkers.

In memory of JANE PATON wife of THOMAS DOUGLAS who died at Ploughland Maxton 3.9.1900 aged 58 years also HELEN their daughter who died at Ploughland Crailing 17.2.1875 aged 21 months and HELEN who died at Scraesburgh 8.10.1887 aged 3 years and 10 months also the above THOMAS DOUGLAS who died at Roxburgh Newtown 24.8.1907 aged 67 years.


Erected in memory of JAMES DOUGLAS who died at Nisbet Mill 28.9.1873 aged 62 years also CHRISTINA KERR his wife who died at Nisbet Hillhead 21.9.1887 aged 75 years also their daughter JANET who died at Palace 15.4.1921 aged 76 years and ABEL their son who died at Palace 17.1.1922 aged 71 years also HELEN their daughter died at Edinburgh 8.6.1923


In memory of WALTER DOUGLAS who died at West Nisbet 9.5.1903 aged 72 years and MARY HAIG his wife who died at Crossflat St. Boswells 14.9.1908 aged 62 years also MARY their daughter who died 14.11.1916 and MARGARET who died 25.1.1934 and ALICE who died 11.1.1939 and KATHARINE who died 9.5.1972.


In loving memory of Thomas Douglas West Nisbet who died 20.11.1961 aged 54 years also his wife Jemima Hislop Sharp who died 1.11.1997 aged 89 years.


In loving memory of our dear brother Adam H.K. Douglas who died at The Palace Jedburgh 1.9.1944 aged 82 years.

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