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More Questions Than Answers

This gravestone is located in St. Nicholas Churchyard in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. The inscription has disappeared due to weather erosion which is also attacking the sculptured effigies. Although this stone hosts common mortality symbols of Memento Mori in the hourglass, arrows and the skull the remainder is difficult to interpret.

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On a humourous note, the skull on the bottom left appears to be wearing sunglasses.

Is the floating image a mother looking down from Heaven on her children? Note how this figure seems to be casually resting on her hand. Is this actually a female or a male as period dress may indicate? What is the triangular shape the figure is holding in the left hand? Are the cherubs below children or representative of angels?

What are the cherubs holding onto? Is it the wings of a winged effigy or a shroud/drape which denotes mourning and often borders a dedication? Or is the entire scene related to a Fraternity?

What is the boat shaped item? A similar symbol is found in the Old Town Cemeteries in Stirling, Scotland.

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CHERUBS

A cherub, usually represented as a chubby child with wings, is recognized as a heavenly being. The cherub symbolizes the innocence and purity of children. These figures typically adorn the graves of young children.

Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me.”
And forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God

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This babe that lays so near my heart ,
It was God’s will that we must part.
My Judge knows all things day and night,
He can’t do wrong it must be right.

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Special son
A loving thought
A silent tear
A happy memory
Of one so dear

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Sleep on my sweet one
Sleep! So early gone
To earth a child is lost
To Heaven a cherub born

Cherub sleeping

Angel wings, upon the clouds your body softly sleeps

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As the flowers are all made sweeter
By the sunshine and the dew
So this old world was made brighter
By the life of a babe like you.

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Hush now little one, no more tears you have to keep

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CHERUBS

A cherub, usually represented as a chubby child with wings, is recognized as a heavenly being. The cherub symbolizes the innocence and purity of children. These figures typically adorn the graves of young children.

rptphoto
Source: https://rprtphoto.wordpress.com/tag/cherub/

The  sculpture pictured above shows the cherub holding an inverted torch which symbolizes a life extinguished and ended too soon.

Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me.”
And forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God.

Angel cherub_flickr

This babe that lays so near my heart,
It was God’s will that we must part.
My Judge knows all things day and night,
He can’t do wrong, it must be right.

flickr_chrisl
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90641267@N00/9411727

A loving thought,
A silent tear,
A happy memory,
Of one so dear.

flickr_james loudon
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72161570@N00/21324443541

Sleep on my sweet one,
Sleep! So early gone.
To earth a child is lost,
To Heaven a cherub born.

flickr_melel
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14995209@N00/8043708258

Angel wings, upon the clouds your body softly sleeps.

Cherub sleeping

As the flowers are all made sweeter
By the sunshine and the dew,
So this old world was made brighter
By the life of a babe like you.

Spain_Granada_boy weeping

Hush now little one, no more tears you have to keep.

Milton_Evergreen_Valentina Cherub