Love is in the air and Friends of Heene Cemetery research volunteers have found some stories to celebrate Valentines Day!
Draped Cloth and Chains
Medieval thinkers sometimes held that a golden chain bound the soul to the body. Broken links on a headstone can mean the severance and subsequent release of the spirit from the body. Chains are also the insignia of the International Order of Odd Fellows, so called because of their dedication to giving the poor decent burials. This association can be clinched by the observation of the letters IOOF or FLT (Friendship, Love, Truth) either inside or near the chain.
A Declaration of True Love
A living relative of William Ramage Lawson kindly sent us a copy of a letter written by his wife to a family member immediately after his death. The letter can be quite upsetting to read but the sentiment at the end shows the deep love of his third wife Eva.
He was a dearly loved husband and friend, and the kindest of fathers. All through his illness I slept on the edge of his bed and hardly ever left him in the day time, I loved him with all my heart. Everyone respected himEva Lawson
A Dove in Flight
The dove is a symbol of peace, representing purity, love and the Holy Spirit.
This family tells us a story of Adventure, Bravery, Gallantry and a sad Tragedy.
Love is in the air and Friends of Heene Cemetery research volunteers have found some stories to celebrate Valentines Day!Tweet
The following people were born on Valentines Day
The Friends of Heene Cemetery do have core costs which need to be met. A small donation towards our conservation and heritage projects would ensure that this website continues to bring you the history of yesterday and the findings of today!Sue Standing – Chairperson for Friends of Heene Cemetery