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 George “The Lost Sheep” Clephane

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George “The Lost Sheep” Clephane

  • Birth 1819 Scotland
  • Death 2 May 1851 Fergus, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Fergus, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
  • Plot 5-2
  • Memorial ID 29089051

Son of Andrew Clephane, late Sheriff of Fifeshire, Scotland.

George is the "Lost Sheep" mentioned in Elizabeth Clephane's hymn, 'The Ninety and Nine'

George's sister, Elizabeth Clephane [1830-1869], penned several gospel hymns that became popular only after her death. Amongst them are 'Beneath the Cross of Jesus' and 'The Ninety and Nine'. According to folklore, Elizabeth wrote 'The Ninety and Nine' for her brother, George, who had "returned to the flock" only a short time before his death. As the story goes, he fell from his horse, struck his head upon a rock. Shortly afterwards he died at the home of Dr. Mutch of 200 St. David St., Fergus. His gravesite has become a pilgrimage of sorts for those who admire Elizabeth's hymns.

The current gravestone (2nd photo) is a reproduction of the original (top photo) which is weather-worn and stored inside the church.

'The Ninety and Nine'
by Elizabeth Clephane

There were ninety and nine that safely lay in the shelter of the fold. But one was out on the hills away, far off from the gates of gold. Away on the mountains wild and bare;
away from the tender Shepherd's care.

Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine; are they not enough for Thee?" But the Shepherd made answer: "This of Mine has wandered away from Me. And although the road be rough and steep, I go to the desert to find My sheep.

But none of the ransomed ever knew How deep were the waters crossed; nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
ere He found His sheep that was lost. Out in the desert He heard its cry, twas sick and helpless and ready to die.

Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way, that mark out the mountain's track?" "They were shed for one who had gone astray ere the Shepherd could bring him back." "Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?" "They're pierced tonight by many a thorn.

And all through the mountains, thunder-riv'n, and up from the rocky steep, there arose a glad cry to the gate of heav'n, Rejoice! I have found My sheep! And the angels echoed around the throne, Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!

Family Members


"In memory of George, died May 2, 1851, age 32. Eldest son of Andrew Clephane Esq. Late Sherriff of Fifeshire Scotland. Brother of the author of 'The Ninety and Nine'"





  • Created by: Achisha
  • Added: 17 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29089051
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George “The Lost Sheep” Clephane (1819–2 May 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29089051, citing Saint Andrews Auld Presbyterian Kirkyard, Fergus, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Achisha (contributor 46858821) .