Wings ower Outerston

This gravestone in Temple churchyard commemorates John Craig, a local tenant farmer at ‘Outorstoun’ and two of his children. It is recorded on the stone that John Craig died in 1742 at the age of 68.

The tombstone is most finely carved.

Flanking the inscription panel [on the reverse side] are two bands of decoration composed of skulls, crossbones and crossed scythes and arrows: the weapons of death. Each of these represent mortality and death. A winged cherub symbolises the soul’s ascent to heaven.

Outerston farm is not far from the village of Temple.

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