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Tuesday 22 January 2013

Isabella and Isabel Mary McGregor - Mother and Daughter

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.
Monument to Isabella and Isabel Mary McGregor, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
"In loving rememberance of Isabella.  Beloved wife of Edward James McGregor who died Nov 17th 1884 aged 30 years.  Also Isabel Mary daughter of the avove who died May 17th 1881 aged 3 years. - Unto Thee O Lord do I lift up my soul."

Isabella McGregor was born Isabella Shepherdson on 8th November 1854, to William Shepherdson, a butcher and his wife Isabella Grant.
Unfortunately I am unable to find Isabella or her family on the Census pre 1881.
In 1877 Isabella married Edward James McGregor.  Their daughter Isabel Mary was born in 1879, closely followed by a son Edward Charles in 1880, Reginald in 1882 and Archie William in 1883.
On the 1881 Census Isabella can be found living at and running The Star Inn beer house in South Street, Maidenhead with her husband Edward and their two children.  Sadly little than a month after the Census was taken Isabel Mary passed away at the age of 3.  Her mother Isabella followed her to the grave in 1884.
Edward soon remarried and left Maidenhead altogether, taking his sons with him.


  1. That's an interesting memorial. Was there a purpose behind the stacked stones?

    1. Oops, I forgot to say in the post that the stone is broken. An one time it would have had a simple cross on top of the stacked stones.

      When the crosses become damaged or unstable the local authority removes them.

  2. Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics! It's nice that although the stones are broken, that they are stacked so they're still there. I've seen places where the broken stones are just leaned up against a random tree, or put in a pile.


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