This is the grandest object in the churchyard by the church. The Birley family had land and influence in this area for generations. Built in the mid 19C initially commemorating William Birley the founder of Kirkham Linen Mill. There is further information relating to Wrea Green and the Birley family here.
|The monument as seen from the pathway to the church entrance|
William Birley of Kirkham
the son of John and Margaret Birley
died in London May 29, 1850 aged 70 years
and is buried here.
Mary the wife of William Birley
daughter of John and Susanna Swainson of Preston
died February 19, 1819 aged 40 years
and is buried beneath the entrance to this vault.
Margaret, second Wife of
died 15 January 1864 Aged 79 years.
Also Edmund William Birley,
elder son of the said Edmund
and Caroline Dorothea Birley
7 December 1940 aged 87 Years
(Note this transcription differs from the 'Birley' family website which can be found here).
|In memory of |
the beloved wife of
the Rev. John Shepherd Birley, M.A.
eldest son of William and Mary Birley.
She died 12 May, 1872 aged 67 years
and is buried in St. Cuthbert's Lytham
also of her husband
Rev. John Shepherd Birley, M.A.
who died 1 July, 1883
and is interred at St Cuthbert's Lytham
Note to self - Next visit to St Cuthberts...
Beneath are copies of their probates.
Caroline Mary Moore
daughter of Blinnhnd and Caroline dau??
died Nov 20 1847 aged 8 months
in loving memory of Caroline Margaret
Wife of James Dunsmure
died Oct 21 1886
buried in the Dean Cemetery Edinburgh
Also of Annie Mary Wife of Colonel Dove
died Jan 20th 1895 buried at St Johns
also of Edmund Birley father of the above
Youngest son of William and Mary Birley
died at Clifton Hall March 28 1895
Aged 77 years and is buried here
also of Caroline Dorothea widow of ??
?? Edmund Birley daughter of the
Rev Richard Moore Vicar of
died August 20 1890
"Begineth his beloved sleep" Psalm cxxvii
also of Helen Maud the beloved wife of
Gervase Arthur Mathew and youngest daughter
of the above Edmund and Caroline Dorothea Birley
Ada Birley their daughter died March 8th 1934----->
This is the reply from the Gravestones photo resource with extra information.
Dean 2e Cemetery
|Full name||age||birth year||burial year||relationship|
|Susan Drysdale||69||1774||1843||wife of James Dunsmure|
|Lt Henry Alexander Henderson Dunsmure||1915||son of James Dunsmure|
|Lt Colin Hamilton Terrot Dunsmure||1915||son of James Dunsmure|
|Charles Hill Dunsmure||1848||unknown|
|Susan Elizabeth Dunsmure||67||1815||1882||unknown|
|Caroline Margaret Birley||36||1850||1886||unknown|
Fairly convinced that she is mentioned on the Birley memorial at Kirkham. Information tallies with the memorial there
|James Jnr Dunsmure||61||1846||1907||unknown|
This photo is on the adjoining graveyard to the west of the church. The servicemen's graves will be on a different page.