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.
According to the official cemetery transcript, the first burial at St. Andrew's was James Duncan, a millwright who died suddenly in early 1835. The second burial was Adam Fergus Allan, who died July 1835, infant son of prominent local politician, Charles Allan. Adam also had the distinction of being the first baby born at 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 away, her grave having already been purchased on her father's plot.
Many of the oldest marble gravestones have obviously weathered-away. Some have been moved indoors for preservation. Others have either been lost or misplaced (some say stolen), particularly during the construction of the newest part of the church. The expansion project required that some of the graves be moved, hence, the kirkyard was landscaped with graves being realigned to accommodate the addition. Several of the gravestones were never properly relocated and, as of 2008, remain leaning against the eastern wall.
The Auld Kirkyard also lays claim to the body of George Clephane, brother to Elizabeth Clephane, who penned the hymn, 'The Ninety and Nine'. He died at Fergus in 1851.
GPS Coordinates: 43.70421, -80.38117
- Added: 10 Nov 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2196176
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