Monday, August 06, 2007

Crosbie Church and Graveyard

The church and churchyard of Crosbie (or Crossby or Corsby) once was in a village just over a mile removed from the modern Troon town. There is no trace of the village left. The church is mentioned in 1229, but the current ruins only date from 1681. It was ruined on 25th January 1759, the same day Robert Burns was born, when strong gales blew off the roof and blew down the gable end.

Until 1863 the churchyard was the only burial site for Troon and neighbourhood.

It has in it a gravestone of one Janet McFadzean buried in Crosbie Kirkyard in 1761.
The front reads,

Here lyes the corps of Janet McFadzean,
Spous of William McFadzean,
Quarter-Master Sergean in Lovetenan General Homs Regiment of Sol.,
who died August 22, 1761,
aged 27 years.

The back reads,

Twenty-four years i lived a maiden life,
And three years i was a married wife,
In which time i lived a hapie life,
I trevld with him from toun to toun,
Until by death i was cut down.
In my sister's hous did die,
And here at Crosbie Kirk i ly,
Where i my rest and sleep will take,
Until at last i be awaked.
It will not be with tuk of drum,
But it will be when the trumpet sound,
And while ile my Redeemer see,
Who shed his preshios blood for me.

Buried somewhat earlier, in 1619, was David Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, a suggested assassin of the Regent Earl of Murray. His inscription reads,
Heir lye corpis of ane honovrabel man callt David Hamiltove of Bothelhavghe, spous to Elesone Sinclair in his time, qvha desist the 14th of Merche, 1619.

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