During the course of our restoration of the cemetery during the last five years it is always in our minds that the cemetery has probably more burials of infants and children than any other age group, such was the disease and deprivation during the Victorian era in Carmarthenshire. The headstone below is testament to that in recording the deaths of four children of one family, two of which died a day after each other aged 4 and 3 years old. Not a lot of detail is known of the family itself, which is sometimes the case but one thing is certain, that their names will not be forgotten.
Loving Memory of
Son of Edward Alfred & Alicia Owen,
Ship-Inn, of this Town,
who died April 18, 1880, aged 4 years.
Also of Eliza Jane, their daughter,
who died April 19, 1880 aged 3years.
Also of William Edgar, their son,
who died Feb 15 1886 aged 1 year.
Also of Beatrice Alicia, their daughter,
who died April 12, 1890 aged 4 years.
“HE SHALL GATHER THE LAMBS WITH HIS
ARM, AND CARRY THEM IN HIS BOSOM”
What’s in a name” EXTRA” The following comprises of a list of unusual surnames that appear on many of the memorials, together with a list of professions reflecting the huge and important mixture of people that made Carmarthen what it is today – many long since disappeared from the English Dictionary and only now found in history books, and finally Public Houses which are also recorded on many of the memorials as places of residence. Here then are the Three P’s …….
People, Professions & Public Houses.
MAYOR OF CARMARTHEN
COUNTER CLERK (PO)
PROCTOR IN CONVOCATION
MASTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, LLANDEILO- FAWR.
BOAT & ANCHOR
ROYAL OAK INN
SQUARE & COMPASS
OLD WHITE LION
OLD PLOUGH INN
STAG & PHEASANT