As a result of a surge of artistic activity from the Glasgow School of Art at the turn of the century, the distinctive “Art Nouveau” known as the Glasgow Style emerged. The Glaswegian women associated with the school were key innovators of this movement, and eventually achieved lasting recognition together with their male counterparts, “The Glasgow Boys”
Rev. Hamilton Moore, minister of Newmilns Church, was born in Antrim, Ireland and married Anne Kinear Forbes Stephen. Their daughter Eleanor Allan Moore was one of the “Glasgow Girls”.
Rev Moore’s grand-daughter, Ailsa Tanner (also an artist) complained to the Friends of Loudoun Kirk about the state of her grandfather’s grave.
Apparently the top, a Celtic cross had been removed and planted elsewhere in the kirkyard to look like a separate gravestone. Until then, this cross had been a mystery as it bore only a few words, slightly below grass level saying “sacred to the memory of”. It sits at a very slight angle and is a popular subject for art and photography.
Regrettably Ailsa died on 19th Nov. 2001 and it was her wish that her ashes be scattered on her grandfather’s grave.
Scattering ashes in burial grounds or cemeteries is illegal for health and safety reasons so Ailsa’s daughter arranged for the ashes to be buried in her grandfather’s lair beside her artist mother
Rev Hamilton Moore Click on this link for a indication of family history.
The Arts – Heroes: Ailsa Tanner.
Avocado Sweet – Eleanore Allen Moore