Anne Stewart (of Garth?)
The story of the Stewart’s of Garth is probably quite a common one from those times. I’ve read in a few books that In a family with multiple sons the eldest would inherit the estate(s), the second eldest would take up military service and the third in line would join the clergy. I assume that daughters were encouraged to marry the most suitable (richest?) man they could find. John Stewart was the youngest of 3 sons but rather than join the clergy he would become a plantation owner with the encouragement of his brother David. David Stewart would join the Black Watch & have a distinguished military career and authored a book that some see as the basis of the Victorian image of the Scottish Highlands and Highlanders. I’ve also read that David had a connection to William Wilberforce, the leader of the movement to abolish Slavery in the UK. Their sister Janet (Jessie) is recorded to have eloped and married the Rev Andrew Irvine, Minister at Little Dunkeld.
I am fascinated by the story of Anne, here is a mixed race girl brought to Scotland and left with literally, relative strangers. How must she have felt? Her mother was apparently dead and she was then abandoned by her father who she would never see again.
The video below is a ‘photogrammetry’ animation of Anne’s grave stone. It’s not too clear on the animation but the stone is in poor condition, there are some large splits in it and it’s probably getting worse every winter as ingress of water and freezing temperatures take their toll. Moulin Kirk is now a local heritage centre.
IN MEMORY OF
WHO DIED AT CRAIGATIN
ON THE 17TH SEPT 1859
AGED 49 YEARS
Photogrammetry is a method of producing 3D models from photographs. The grave stone is the result of stitching together 38 photos taken on an iPhone 6. I then used a free software program called 3D Zephyr to create the model in the animation. It is also possible to use the model to create a 3D print of the grave stone and this may be an option in order to produce a bronze of the stone.
Please also see a blog post by Luke Spencer that lists a number of free photogrammetry resources, very handy as commercial products can be very expensive. Check out the rest of his site as well.