|325 St. George Street West|
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St. Andrew's Auld Kirk Yard was officially commissioned as a cemetery in 1837 and was the primary burying ground for Fergus residents until 1863 when Belsyde Cemetery opened.
The first burial was James Duncan, a millwright who died suddenly in 1835. The second burial was David Allan, the infant son of prominent local politician, Charles Allan. David also had the distinction of being the first baby born in Fergus. Although the cemetery was officially decommissioned by 1900, the final burial--also a member of the Allan family, Charles' niece--wasn't until February 12th, 1950 when Charlotte Allan passed on, her stone having already been purchased on her father's plot. Historical transcripts claim that there are/were 118 tombstones in the yard, although many have weathered-away and others have been moved inside the church for preservation.
The Auld Kirkyard also lays claim to the body of George Clephane, brother to Elizabeth Clephane, who penned the hymn, "The Ninety and Nine".
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