Congregation honours Largo paupers’ grave

Cemetery at North Feus, Upper Largo 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Cemetery at North Feus, Upper Largo 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

A MEMORIAL stone has been created to honour the un-named occupants of a communal unmarked grave in Largo.

The decision to create the gravestone was made by the Kirk Session of Largo and Newburn Parish Church.

Local minister the Rev John Murdoch, also Moderator of St Andrews Presbytery, said: “We decided to remember in love all who have been buried in un-marked graves in a section of Largo Cemetery (above), which sits above Upper Largo with unparalleled views of the Forth.

“To the casual observer, the spacious area devoid of gravestones is nothing more than beautiful grass, but to local inhabitants it is well known by its former name ‘paupers’ graves’.”

The gravestone will be dedicated at a short service on Thursday, September 15 at 3pm and anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

“All who gather will remember lives of loved ones over the centuries, names perhaps unknown today, but always known to God whose love for all is eternal,” said Mr Murdoch (right).

The inscription on the gravestone, from Ecclesiasticus, reads: “And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them.

“But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.  

“Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.  

“The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.”

Many local residents have indicated the wish to make donations for the memorial. As a result, collection cans have been made available in local shops for anyone who wishes to contribute.

People who are unable to reach the shops in Upper Largo, Lower Largo and Lundin Links, but who wish to donate, may do so by sending a cheque made out to Largo and Newburn Parish Church.

They should indicate in a note it is for ‘the Memorial Stone’, to The Treasurer, Largo and Newburn Parish Church, Church Place, Upper Largo KY8 6EH.