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Detail of tablestone. Digital image of A 42247/3

SC 800672

Description Detail of tablestone. Digital image of A 42247/3

Date 1986

Collection Betty Willsher

Catalogue Number SC 800672

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of A 42247/3

Scope and Content Detail of the table tomb of William Harvie, New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Manse Road, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire This table tomb commemorates a farmer, who is shown as one of the 'supporters' of a shield, along with his wife. The lady holds a butterchurn, and the man a scythe. The shield contains depictions of a sheaf of corn, crossed rake and other implements, and sieves and measures. A plough is balanced on top of the shield. The inscriptions on this carving have worn away, but the whole design is very similar to those found on Late 18th-19th-century 'God Speed the Plough' earthenware mugs. The design may be copied from just such a printed source. These mugs usually carried the poem: 'GOD SPEED THE PLOUGH/Let the wealthy and great/Roll in splendour and state/I envy them not I declare it/I eat my own lamb/My own chickens and ham/I shear my own fleece and I wear it/I have lawns, I have bowers/I have fruits, I have flowers/The lark is my morning alarmer/So jolly boys now/Here's God Speed the Plough/Long life and success to the farmer/INDUSTRY PRODUCETH WEALTH'. This table tomb commemorates William Harvie, who died in 1789. It is inscribed: 'Erected by Mary Poter in memory/of her husband William Harvie who/died 19th February 1789'. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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