Respectful recognition for Largo’s unknown

Dedication service for Largo paupers' grave
Dedication service for Largo paupers' grave

A DEDICATION ceremony has taken place to honour the final resting place of those buried in a communal ‘paupers’ grave.’

A section of Largo cemetery, which sits above Upper Largo, with unparalleled views of the Forth, contains the remains of many people whose identity remains unknown to this day.

To the casual observer, the spacious area was nothing more than a beautiful stretch of grass.

But now, thanks to the efforts of Largo and Newburn Kirk Session and the generosity of local villagers, a new memorial stone now means they can never be forgotten.

People gathered to pay their respects last Thursday at a short dedication service led by the Rev John Murdoch, also Moderator of St Andrews Presbytery.

Verses from Ecclesiasticus, which were inscribed on the stone, were read during the service and included: “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.”

The inscription on the stone itself reads: “Remembering the unmarked graves here of many - known and loved by God.”

Followed by: “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.”

Commenting afterwards, Mr Murdoch said the service had been blessed with a ”beautifully sunny autumnal day.”

That provided “a perfect backdrop“ to commemorate the lives of many who were laid to rest in unmarked graves.

He added: “Largo and Newburn Kirk Session organised this and many in the villages surrounding Largo contributed to the cost of this very important new memorial.

“The Session is most grateful for such generosity.”

The picture shows those who gathered at Largo Cemetery for the memorial stone dedication ceremony.

They included the session clerk Alex Lawrie, the chairman of Largo Area Community Council Peter Aitken, and the Parish Minister the Rev John Murdoch, with others.