Stirling Holy Rude Kirk-yard continued
A grander monument – but familiar themes
The most elaborate stone in Stirling has the same range of emblems as the simpler ones– and its few words encourage the reader to ‘remember death’.
Its owner John McCulloch died in 1689 but his descendants the Sconce family, used this plot for centuries (see the plaque on the left hand side and the adjacent granite stone).
Some other emblems
Many stones have symbols of the owner’s occupation - looms and shuttles for weavers, a plough for a farmer, the figure 4 (sometimes reversed) for merchants.
Alexander Bremer was a gardener and his gardening tools are enclosed by a serpent coiled on itself, another symbol of eternity. His wife’s initials appear beside his and the names on the other side are probably for their daughter and son in law