Blackhill Obelisk

On a small rocky hillock to the west of Blackhill Farm (NS 8091 7750) is a small granite obelisk.  It is inscribed “Laus Deo [Praise to God]/IN MEMORY OF/ JOHN FINLAY/ SURGEON,/ BORN 1793/ DIED DECR 4th 1845/ ERECTED/ BY A FEW FRIENDS/ 1872.”  Since then at least 3 members of that family have had their ashes buried in caskets at the base of the monument (Waugh 1981, 18).

Blackhill Obelisk         SMR 1045       NS 8091 7750

G.B. Bailey, 2021