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|Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:45 pm Post subject: Col John Cathcart - Soulseat burial ground
|A point of interest rather than a query, I think. I was looking through a 2002 publication by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society, " Memorial inscriptions of Inch Old Parish Church and Churchyard and at Soulseat burial ground" and found mention of Col John Cathcart's tomb. It provided the following:
The ground is on the site of the now disappeared Premonstratention Abbey of Soulseat, founded in 1175. It is part of the parish of Inch. The burial ground associated with the abbey and parish church continued to be used into the 19th century. A new manse for Inch parish was built on the site in 1838 replacing an earlier one there. The manse, now known as Greenloch House, together with much of the site and burial ground is now privately owned. In unpublished notes dated 1913, author unknown: At the manse (Soulseat) the square walled tomb next wash house and coal house of Genoch Tomb - Colonel John Cathcart of Genoch and Knockdolian d 1833 his son Alexander d 1880.
A bit of Googling revealed that this branch of the Cathcarts were responsible for building Knockdolian Castle (now a rather spectacular ruin near Colmonell) and, specificially, "John Cathcart of Genoch and Knockdolian (1768-1835) was an advocate of some eminence, and increased his influence by his marriage with a daughter of Lord Rockville of Session, who was a younger son of the second Earl of Aberdeen. His eldest son, Robert (1797- 1840), entered the service of the East India Company, and died unmarried at Agra, Bengal. He was succeeded by his only surviving brother, the late Alexander Cathcart of Knockdolian (born 1800), in whom the direct line of this family terminated."
It's not clear of the military connection of Col Cathcart.