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EA50 Laird Family Headstone Restoration Project

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After living in Singapore for 2 years now it has given me a much greater appreciation of  traditional Chinese culture.   A typical Chinese family will once a year visit and pay respects to their departed relatives for “grave sweeping” and have a deep belief that current day family prosperity and health is directly connected to their relatives grave.   Many cases exist in Chinese urban myth where a family members sickness was cured by a change or offering made at the family grave.     The Laird family Headstone marking plot EA50 at Londonderry Cemetery however due to time and the high price of Lead unfortunately the Bible which rests on a pillow now has many letters missing.   It is also not recommended to replace the letters due to both the high cost and the fact that they will again disappear.   Haslett Monumental Sculptors a family run business operating in the Londonderry area over for over 3 centuries has recommended a new black granite Bible book 20″x18″x3″ and with raised panel cut letters.  The full restoration price is greater the GBP 1,000 and would include a much need repair to the broken base. 
 

Please help us restore the family headstone by donating to our PayPal account:

   
Wider view of EA50 Laird Family Plot
Wider view of EA50 Laird Family Plot
EA50 Headstone October 2009

EA50 Headstone October 2009

New Bible Draft text

New Bible Draft text

 

The family plot was purchased in 1886 for the burial of Mary Wilson 2ndyoungest daughter of Lucinda Laird elder sister of Ann Laird.   Mary left the family home at Durmnahogue near Letterkenny to work on Bogstown farm as a milk maid and unfortunately died of Tuberculosis in 1886.    Mary was buried first but never listed on the headstone the new granite inscription will correct this error.

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