I was contacted by a woman named Diana who had taken a trip to Perthshire, Scotland to find her ancestors. It turns out her grandfather was a shepherd at Berryhill Farm, the farm owned/leased by my 4x great-grandfather William Duff Sr. (1766 – 1836) and his father James Duff (b 1740). My 3x great-grandfather Rev. William Duff was also born there. I have written about Berryhill and its residents previously here:
When Diana was in Scotland she took photos of Berryhill Farm and the graves of my Duff family. Many thanks to Diana for sending these photos!
First are three photos of the main house at Berryhill from different views:
She also sent a historic photo of Berryhill taken about 1913:
These are the photos from the Kirkstyle Graveyard. The site is located between Berryhill and the town of Bankfoot.
The main gravestone for the Duff family in Kirkstyle Cemetery, which is located between Berryhill Farm and the town of Bankfoot:
In Memory of William Duff, Berryhill, who died 11th April 1836 aged 63 years.
His wife Charlotte Nicoll died 15th May 1846 aged 79 years.
Their son James died 9th May 1818 aged 18 years.
On the opposite side of the same gravestone is:
In Memory of Charles Duff, Berryhill who died 5th August 1868 aged 68 years.
Charlotte Nicoll died 21st Janaury 1849 aged 3 years
His wife Elizabeth Robertson died 25th Janaury 1889 aged 55 years.
On top of the gravestone is an urn with a mortcloth draped over it. See the attached photos. The length of the hanging end of the mortcloth shows the age of the person buried. The longer the length of cloth the older the person is. The cloth represents their lifespan.
I also found two gravestones close to the main Duff headstone which are obviously linked. Unfortunately they are a little hard to read – I do have a book at home that may help though and when I get back in a couple of weeks will have a look.
The stone to this side of this:
Sacred to the memory of Robert Duff, Farmer Bellston who died on the 30th March 1856
in the 78th year of his age also of his wife Margaret Nicoll who died on 4th April 1850
And of their sons
John who died on the 18 July 1853
Aged 32 years
Charles who died ?? June 1827
in the 3rd year of his age.
Charlotte who died 24th May aged 48 years
late Parish Schoolmaster
of Auchtergavenborn 17th August 1810 died 14th Janaury 1872
Jane Duff who died 15 March 1886 aged 75 years.
The 3rd Gravestone
On the one side:
Charles Ritchie d 7.11.1871 (aged 4 months)
On the other side:
Erected by James Ritchie in memory of his father
William Ritchie who died 19th May 1831 aged 49 years
and mother May Duff who died 4th January 1869 aged 76 years
May died 17th November 1821 aged 1 1/2 years
Jane died 20th May 1825 aged 10 months
Charlotte died 22 September 1828 aged 10 years
Jane died 29th March 1829 aged 3 years and
Charlotte Nicoll who died 18th March 1862 aged 52 years.