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From: "Hugh Watkins" <>
Subject: Re: Scottish Tombstones
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 15:35:25 -0000
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"John Burns" <> wrote in message news:yWUQa.11763$...
> My great great grandparents tombstone in Glasgow has granny's maiden surname
> as the header, farther down the stone is his surname. It is common with my
> French Canadian ancestors to use the woman's maiden name on her stone. Also
> on the early Canadian census (1600, 1700 hundreds) the wife is listed under
> her maiden name-which is very useful.
> "John Stevens" <> wrote in message
> > Recently whilst visiting south-west Scotland (from London) I visited
> > a village churchyard to look at some historic graves. Whilst there I
> > noticed that on all tombstones that recorded the death of a married or
> > widowed woman her maiden name only was quoted. i.e
> > "Here lies Mary Jones, beloved wife of John Smith"
> > Now I may be unobservant but this seems different from my experience
> > elsewhere. It is usual surely for a woman to be recorded on her tombstone
> > in her married name? Certainly all of my ancestors graves that I have
> > have been in this format.
> > So, can anyone tell me if the use of the maiden name is peculiar to
> > or it it a practice to be found elsewhere in Britain?
heard of jewish tombstones in German and Hewbrew which have the womans father on one side and husband on the other . . . but I
can't remember the detail
anyway out in eastern europe.