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From: Bonnie M Fountain< >
Subject: Re: Tombstone
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 1998 04:32:24 EST


On Sun, 1 Feb 1998 01:10:15 -0500 (Dan W. Cadenhead)
writes:
>Can anyone tell me the significanceof a double tombstone (man&wife)
>with
>a spade crossed with what looks like the long leg bone on either side
>and a skull in the center? Dated 1753. They lived in Seatoun of
>Muchalls. Dan
>
Most likely, all the symbols you mention are simply those denoting death.
Skulls and femurs, and crossed spades, indicating the grave digger's or
sexton's tools, were very common in the 17th and 18th centuries. Strange
isn't it, that they needed these grim reminders of mortality?
Occasionally a spade or spades will indicate the deceased's trade of
gardener.

Bonnie M. Fountain

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