Family History Resources for Genealogists and Family Tree Research in Kirkcudbrightshire

Some sources for people researching their family tree in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. This page contains full details of all gravestones - Monumental Inscriptions - and photographs of the stones, within the church yard (kirkyard) at Senwick, parish of Borgue.

Monumental Inscriptions at Senwick Old Kirkyard

Inscription 1
This monument is erected to the memory of Hugh Blair of Dunrod, Esq., by his mournful widow, who lost in him a faithful and an affectionate husband, his infant children a kind and tender father, his friends, a warm and generous friend, his tenants and servants, a just and gentle master, the poor and afflicted, a liberal benefactor. He died the 2nd of May 1771, aged 27 years.


Inscription 2
Beneath this stone lyes the body of Mary Maxwell, daughter to Lieutennant Colonel William Maxwell of Cardoness & spouse to Alexander Blair, Dunroad, who died April the 5th 1762 years in the fourty seventh year of her age, and left behind her the following surviving children Viz,: Nicolas, Agnes, Henrietta, Hugh, William & Jean Blairs, and those deceased are Mary, Grissal & Margaret. This stone erected by her husband in testimony of her memory, October 1762 & year of God foresaid.


Inscription 3
Lady Gordon.


Inscription 4
Sacred to the memory of Hugh Blair of Dunrod, died 2nd May 1771, aged 27. And of his relict Margaret Copland, second daughter of Alexander Copland at Colliston, born 22nd April (blank), died (blank) November (blank). And of their son Alexander Blair of Auchenreoch, Writer to the Signet, born 8th September 1776, died 21st June 1848. And of Agnes Maxwell, wife of the said Alexander Blair, and second daughter of Sir David Maxwell of Cardoness, born 25th June 1786, died 22nd May 1809, who together with her husband, is buried in the Calton Burying Ground, Edinburgh. And of Hugh Blair of Auchenreoch, Writer to the Signet, only son of the said Alexander Blair, born 21st March 1806, died 5th January 1878. He was interred in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh. And of Alexander Blair, Advocate, Sheriff of the Lothians and Peebles, eldest son of the said Hugh Blair, born 5th September 1834, died 4th October 1896. He was interred in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh. And of Robert Kerr Blair, Writer to the Signet, second son of the said Alexander Blair, Advocate, born 1st November 1876, died 14th January 1942.


Inscription 5
In loving memory of Lt. Colonel Alexander Blair, 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers, (Watson's Horse), Indian Armoured Corps, born 22nd November 1911, died 19th February 1959.


Inscription 6


Inscription 7
Sacred to the memory of Juliana J G Allimorf, spouse to Sir John Gordon of Earlston, Baronet, who died at Senwick House, 13th February 1824, aged 42 years. She was blessed with a benevolent heart and an honourable mind, and was to her husband a sincere, affectionate and loving wife. "I left this world without a tear, save for the friends I held so dear; To heal his sorrows, Lord, descend, and to the afflicted prove a friend."


Inscription 8
(Not found. MSC transcription given here for information.)
Here lies the corps of Jas. Sproat and Jean was buried here 1756.

Inscription 8a
Here lyes John Carson of Balmangan, aged 59 years, who died ye 3d of Feb'y 1724. Here also lies Mrs Margaret Blair, firstly spouse to the above John Carson of Balmangan, afterwards to Mr John Gordon. She died Feb'y 6th 1763, aged 71 years.


Inscription 9


Inscription 10
(Fallen face down, and not read. MSC transcription given here for information.)
Erected in memory of John McTaggart, who died at Billies, Parish of Kelton, 1st October 1826, aged 65 years. And of Mary McKinnel, his spouse, who died there 22nd April 18--.


Inscription 11
In memory of Sarah Rain, spouse to John McTaggart in Park of Senwick, who departed this life, Jan’y the 16th 1792, aged 64 years. Also John McTaggart, her husband, who died at Senwick Park, February 9th 1815, aged 78 years.


Inscription 12
Sacred to the memory of Hugh Stewart Campbell, Commander of the ship ' Ranee' of Liverpool, who died at Louis, Mauritius, on the 1st of August 1851 in the 34th year of his age. For what is your life, it is even a vapour, that appeareth, for a little time and then vanisheth away. James IV Ch., and XIV. v.


Inscription 13
Here lyes William Ewart, sailor, son of William Ewart of (illegible) who died Jan'y 11th 1746, aged 32 years. (Verse - illegible). Erected by Archibald Ewart (illegible).


Inscription 14
Erected by Samual McClune, in Ross, in memory of Alexander McClune, his son, who died 12 January 1772, aged 17 years.


Inscription 15
In memory of Thomas Sproat, who died in Brighouse, 27th Dec’r 1787, aged 63 years. Also Agnes Carson, his spouse, died there 16th June 1795, aged 71 years. And Thomas Sproat, their grandson, died in Borness, 1st Jan’y 1811, aged 19 years. Also Mary, his sister, died 3rd July 1816, aged 21 years. Also their father, John Sproat, died there 11th April 1820, aged 61 years. And Isabella, his daughter, died 15th April 1824, aged 27 years. Penelope, her sister, died 1st Sept’r 1826, aged 16 years. Also Margaret Corrie, relict of the above John Sproat, who died in Senwick, 21st May, 1848, aged 79 years. And Jane Sproat, their daughter, died there on 22nd Feb'y 1854 aged 49 years. Also Margaret, her sister, died at Senwick, 8th May 1860, aged 70 years. And Hugh Sproat, their brother, who died at Senwick, 20th Dec. 1863, born 29th Jan’y 1807, he commanded a merchant ship from London to Sidney many years. Also John Sproat, who died Borness, June 1831, in infancy. John, his brother, died 5th June 1835, aged 16 months. And Jane Henry, who died in Edinburgh, 21st Feb’y 1845, aged 23 years, grandchildren of the above John Sproat & Margaret Corrie.


Inscription 16
Erected to the memory of Margret Tait, spouse to Alexander Sproat in Conchietown, who died 13th Feb'y 1786, aged 51 years. Alexander Sproat, died 26th March 1807, aged 77 years.


Inscription 17
Erected by John Sproat, in Kempleton, in memory of Jane McTaggart his spouse, who died 26th December 1803, aged 48 years. Also his son Isaac, who died 6th March 1800, aged 6 months. Also his son John, who died 1st November 1822, aged 31 years. Also his daughter Isabella, who died 11th Novb’r 1824, aged 34 years. And William his son, who died at Kempleton, 12th Jan. 1850, aged 63 years. The above John Sproat, late in Kempleton, who died 22nd Dec'r 1850, aged 93 years.


Inscription 18
In memory of James McTaggart, who died at Torrs of Kirkcudbright on the 21st of January 1832, aged 75 years. And his wife, Mary Sproat, who died 29th May 1829, aged 57 years. Also of the following, their children: Mary who died March 1817, aged 7 years. Margaret, who died 14th April 1817, aged 21 years. Isabella, who died 17th July 1829, aged 34 years. John, who died 8th January 1830, aged 32 years. Alexander, who died 13th May 1833, aged 29 years. Also James McTaggart, who died 17th August 1847, aged 46 years. Isaac McTaggart, who died at Ottawa City, Upper Canada, 18th Dec. 1864, aged 57 years. Also William McTaggart, who died at Underwood on 5th May 1868, aged 52 years. Also Eliza Cunningham, spouse to George McTaggart , who died at Overlaw, 6th October 1872, aged 55 years. Also George McTaggart, of Overlaw, who died at Castle Douglas, November 19th 1878, aged 74 years.


Inscription 18a
(Front) Dedicated by his loving son Howard E Sproat II, May 20 1989, in memory of Howard E Sproat, USA, May 20 1889 - August 25 1963. Son of Josephus, 1862 - 1947. Son of Robert, 1821 - 1902. Son of William, 1782 - 1862. Son of Alexander, Borgue 1740 - 1825 Idaho. Son of John, Mill of Plunton 1720 - 1800 Penn'a. Son of John Sproat and Elizabeth Johnson of Brighouse.
(Rear) Also the erector Howard Elwood Sproat II, FSA (Scot), Dec. 23rd 1919 - Jan. 24th 1999.