In the old Churchyard of Barony, Dysart, lying on the ground and broken into four pieces, is a broken mural tablet. This inscribed tablet was raised by Cumberland Watt to his daughter Agnes Mary who died as a bairn in 1854. The mural tablet would have been originally mounted in a fine architectural pedimented casement.
When I first saw this broken mural and the inscription I felt such sadness. I felt that Agnes Mary needed to be remembered, not as broken but as the beautiful daughter that she was to her parents, Cumberland and Julia Watt.
The Watt family lived in a house on East Quality Street, Dysart. It once led to the old burial ground:
Quality Street, the Ordnance Survey Book records, was so-called because “its houses were inhabited by a better class of person than adjacent streets”.
Cumberland Watt came from a farming family that had worked the farms of Balbarton for over 300 years:
Cumberland Watt did not continue this tradition as he became Manager of Dysart Colliery:
Cumberland Watt remained a fine horticulturalist:
Cumberland Watt was widely respected:
Cumberland Watt did all that he could for those less fortunate than himself:
Cumberland Watt was noted for his singing :
In my mind I can hear Cumberland Watt singing to his daughter Agnes Mary before she goes to sleep.