I have been working on researching Douglases who were watch and clock makers, trying to find the link between family members in Chertsey, Surrey, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Galston, Ayrshire and others. Sally Douglas, in Melbourne, Australia is the power behind this research and has made enormous progress.
She recently sent me a couple of photographs of gravestones which are key to providing supporting evidence. But for how much longer will this evidence be available?
Foe 'health and safety' reasons, Scottish councils have been laying gravestones flat. The result is that moss and grass grow over them, and ground staff even ride grass mowers over them.
These two images are of John Douglas's tombstone at Galston.
How much longer will gravestones such as these be visible?