In 1824, John Sutherland, (alias Ian M’Ian M’Rob), surveyed his recently settled homestead for a suitable site to bury the remains of his young son. He chose a hilltop overlooking the river valley, the surrounding hills and the future site of Earltown Village. It became the main resting place for the early settlers of the surrounding communities, their descendants and continues to be an active burial ground 190 years later.
Join us on a tour of the Earltown Village Cemetery on Berrichan Road. Learn about the local cousin of our first Prime Minister; an accomplished family of bonesetters; a tombstone imported from Sutherlandshire; the family of 22 Baillies; unbending Calvinists; a family of West Coast lumber barrons, and much more.
This is one of several offerings of “The Gathering in Earltown: A Celebration of Celtic Culture and Heritage”. There is no fee however a modest donation for cemetery upkeep is always welcome. Participants may gather at the Sugar Moon Farm at 10 AM and car pool to the cemetery for a 10:30 start. Glen Matheson, (this blogger), will be providing the commentary which will last approximately one hour.
Afterwards we can retire to the Sugar Moon for an afternoon of piping and Celtic music.