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Grange Graveyard

Mortality symbols


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Three stones in Grange bear mortality symbols. These include a skull and crossed bones together with a bell, hourglass, coffin and spades. The three gravestones have the appearance of being the work of the one mason. On two of the stones the inscriptions have completely disappeared. On the third the date 1741 can be read and with some difficulty and a little imagination the name Hamilton is faintly discernable. A few of the stones bear the exhortation: ‘Memento mori hora fugit’ which loosely translated from the Latin means, ‘Remember you must die; time flies’. This expressed in words what mortality symbolism communicated visually.

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Mortality symbols at Grange graveyard
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