...... is a surname that rose to prominence in the Argylshire / western isles of Scotland. A prominent feature of this site is the presentation of family histsory and other information about the origins, relations, and descendants of Peter LAMONT and his wife Elizabeth STEWART. Peter and Elizabeth appear to have been married in Glasgow, presumably where Elizabeth was living in about 1835. They were enumerated in the Burgh of Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, during the 1841 Census of Scotland, but they appear to have both been deceased by 1851. Descendants can be found today in Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

Rules and Regulations

for the Western Necropolis

Glasgow, Scotland



The Western Cemetery Company Limited


Mr Joseph LAMONT received a small printed booklet from the Managers of the above named Cemetery, on 12 December 1900. Mr. Lamont's mother had died in Glasgow on the 21st of November, and her son Joseph purchased a Single Lair (Class II) in Section O of the Western Necropolis to bury her remains. The burial was effected on the 23rd of November.

The non-demominational cemetery opened in 1882, and Mary Jane [nee KIRKPATRICK] Lamont was the 18,146th person to be buried there. By mid-October, 1995, 98,398 burials had taken place.

The small booklet that Joseph Lamont received from the Cemetery managers detailed all of the Rules and Regulations in force in late 1900, and contains a schedule of Fees, and a Scale of Prices. The booklet was comprised of a cover, and two sheets of paper, folded, with one staple through all three sheets in the middle of the fold. Images of the booklet show below.:


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There is, of course, a wikipedia page for this Cemetery, which is accessible here.

As of the time of writing this article (21 April 2022) Find A Grave presents 3,580 photographs of memorial stones found in this Cemetery. This site can be accessed here. The Find A Grave site suggests that these photographs represent about 20% of the total, which further suggests that only around 17,900 memorial stones exist in the Cemetery today.

Billion Graves has a site for this Cemetery, accessible here, and this site suggests that there are currently 12,121 memorial stones there.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commmission site, accessible here, presents details about the almost 500 allied air, land & sea men they say are buried in this Cemetery,

The Cemetery is managed today by the Glasgow City Coucil, but they seem to provide no detail or information about the Cemetery. Registers of Interments are apparently held in the Glasgow City Archives at the Mitchell Library, but their access site is most unhelpful, and no luck was gained by searching through the Scottish Archive Network's online catalogue. If you know of any way to more successfully access records associated with this Cemetery, and you're willing to share your knowledge, please contact us through the button below. Thank you for your help.

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Burial Details


Archibald James Lamont

and his wife

Mary Jane Kirkpatrick


Western Necropolis Cemetery,

Glasgow, Scotland


Archibald James LAMONT and Mary Jane KIRKPATRICK were married in Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, on 20 January 1863. The dates and circumstances of their deaths had been known within family circles for many years, but knowedge of the circumstances and locations of their burials was almost negligent.

Mary Jane Lamont died at 85 Doncaster Street, District of Kelvin, Glasgow, at 8:20 in the evening on 21 November 1900.1 She was said to be the daughter of Joseph Kirkpatrick, and Eliza GREER, both of whom were from Ireland, and both of whom were dead by this time. Mary Jane, who had also apparently been born in Ireland, was reported to have been 54 years old when she died (so a year of birth is arithmetically calculated as '1846'). Mary Jane was enumerated in Govan, Lanarkshire, during the Census of 1891, along with her husband and 2 sons (the eldest having married in 1889 and established his own home). At that time her age was recorded as '45 years', which again suggests a birth year of about 1846. No evidence has been found to suggest that a death notice or obituary was published in any Glasgow newspaper after Mary Jane's death.

Archibald James Lamont died at 932 Govan Road, District of Govan, County of Lanark, at 5:45 in the morning, on 12 October 1912.2 He was said to be the son of  Peter Lamont, and Elizabeth STEWART, both of whom had died in Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, some time between about 1842 and 1851. Archibald James was reported to have been 78 years old when he died (he was in fact born in Rothesay on 28 November 1833). Archibald James was enumerated during the 1911 Census of Scotland as a 77 year old widower residing in a room with 2 windows located in a large block at 144 Harmony Road. The significance of the address '932 Govan Road' is not presently understood. No evidence has been found to suggest that a death notice or an obituary was published in any newspaper in Glasgow after Archibald James' death.

Archibald James & Mary Jane's oldest son Joseph Kirkpatrick Lamont (born in Rothesay, on 19 October 1863, he married in Glasgow in 1889) was the one who informed the respective Registrars about the deaths. When Joseph registered his mother's death on 22 November 1900, he was said to be living at 786 Garscube Road (which was apparently 'just around the corner' from 85 Doncaster Street). In 1912, Joseph was noted to have been living at 56 West End Park Street in Glasgow. He declared that he had been present when both deaths occurred.


After his mother's death on 21 November 1900, Joseph Kirkpatrick Lamont arranged with William James Dobbie, a 'Funeral Undertaker & Carriage Hirer' in Glasgow, to oversee the disposition of Mary Jane [nee Kirkpatrick] Lamont's remains.

The image showing below of William Dobbie's Statement on the account of Mr Joseph Lamont for November, 1900, indicates that Joseph was charged a total of  9 pounds 7 shillings and 6 pence on 23 November, to have his mother's remains buried - 3 pounds for a coffin (50 shillings), a name plate (1 shilling 6 pence), and dressing the body (8 shilllings 6 pence); 30 shillings for the hire of a hearse, and 33 shillings for the hire of 2 coaches; the burial site - the Lair, in the Western Necropolis, was the single most expensive item at 42 shillings; 20 shillings covered the cost of opening the Lair to a depth of 8 feet; and Title to the Lair was 2 shillings 8 pence. The invoice was dully stamped and annotated when Joseph paid the bill on 7 December 1900. Disapointingly, the Invoice shows no evidence of where Joseph Lamont was living at that time, and no indication of when or where in the Western Necropolis the burial took place. 

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The next image, below, shows the Certificate of Ownership that was issued to Joseph Lamont for the Lair in question on 12 December 1900.

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The oval hand-stamp in the upper left corner shows us that the funeral was handled through William J Dobbie's Branch Office, located at 710 New City Road, Glasgow.

This Certificate - Number 7320, also shows us that Joseph Lamont, reputedly of 85 Doncaster Street, was the Certified Owner of One Lair, Number 374 (Class II) in Section O of the Western Necropolis. The details concerning Mr. Lamont's ownership of this single Lair were apparently dutifully recorded in the [Register Book of Lairholders] on Folio 7042.

A booklet detailing the 'Rules and Regulations' was issued by the managers of The Western Cemetery Company (Limited) for the Western Necropolis, to Joseph Lamont on 12 December 1900. This indicates that in addition to the purchase price of the Lair, Mr Lamont was required to pay a Registration Fee of 2s. 6d. [Rule I]. Rule IV states that "no coffin shall be laid nearer to the surface than three feet, measuring from the upper part of the coffin... and no more than three full-sized coffins shall be allowed to be interred in one grave, unless, at the first opening, the grave shall have been made of extra depth". A 'Scale of Prices' printed on the inside of the back cover of the booklet shows that a Class II Lair was 1 yard by 2½ yards on the surface. Nothing in the Rules details the standard depth to which Lairs would be dug.

The Rules [V] allowed for a Lair owner "to erect a head-stone, cenotaph, or other monument" on their Lair, within certain guidelines. There were 98,398 burials in the Cemetery by the middle of October, 1995, but today there are apparently only around 12,120 monumental grave stones in the Cemetery.3 No evidence has yet been found that a memorial stone was ever raised to the Memory of Archibald James & Mary Jane [nee Kirkpatrick] Lamont.

The following Statement shows that on 18 April 1903, Joseph Lamont apparently arranged with William J Dobbie for the single Lair where his mother's remains were buried, to be 'dressed', 'in perpituety' [sic]. This item also shows that payment was duly received by R. McNair on behalf of W J Dobbie.

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The next item, below, a receipt from the Western Necropolis, shows that it was on 21 April 1903, that Joseph Lamont paid £1/10/0 to the Cemetery Company, the amount owing for 'Plain Dressing, in Perpetuity' of One Lair (Class II), No 374, Section O. This item also shows that Joseph Lamont's residential address at that time was '786 Garscube Road'. Rule VI states that "The Company will, from time to time, cut the grass and rake the walks of the whole ground... All dressing or keeping of any Site or Vault or Lair, desired by any propiertor, will be done to order by the Company's sevants at the rates stated in the table of fees. Dressing by proprietors not allowed". It's more than likely that this charge for 'perpetual dressing' which Mr Lamont paid had more to do with keeping the ground level over the Lair, and the grass trimmed, than with the erection of any memorial stone. Neverthless, the 'Fees' contained within the Rule book indicate that the charge "For Dressing, Turfing, and Keeping in Order One Lair" of either Class I or Class II, was £3 annually, or £30 as a single payment. Mr. Lamont's charge of 1 pound and 10 shillings for 'perpetual dressing' seems like a bargain.

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The above images represent the full set of documents which pertain to Mary Jane [nee Kirkpatrick] Lamont's burial which are in the family archive. No similar items are known which pertain to Archibald James Lamont's burial.

From this point, we turn to records of Lair Holders and Interments that were developed by the management staff at the Western Necropolis Cemetery itself, and which today are held within the Archives of the City of Glasgow, in the Mitchell Library.

First on tap is a set of entries found in the Register Book of Lairholders [refer to the Certificate of Ownership, above]. There we find Entry No. 7042 [there are four entries on each page, the pages are not numbered, No. 7042 is the second entry on this particular page].


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Here we find that the remains of Mary J. Lamont, said to have been 59 years of age (rather than 54, as recorded when her death was registered), were buried on 23 November 1900, to a depth of 8 ft in Single Lair 374 (Class II), Section O [Register of Lairholders, Western Necropolis Cemetery, Glasgow, Scotland; The Mitchell Library (Archives) Reference D-CEM 1/22/2/3/ (SBO)]. This was 2 days after she had died. Joseph Lamont was noted to be the Lairholder, and he was said to have been residing at 85 Doncaster Street, which was in fact the location at which Mary Jane had been living when she died.

And we also find, in very light (possibly pencil) writing, that the remains of Archibald James Lamont, 78 years, were also buried in that Lair on the 12th of October 1912 - the very day he died! Archibald's remains were buried to a depth of 7 feet.

Next, the Lair Register for Section O, shows on Page 387 details for Lair No. 374 (Class II). The purchaser, as we've seen above, was Joseph Lamont. And the details concerning this Lair were apparently entered in the 'Proprietor's Register', otherwise known as the Register Book of Lairholders, against No. 7042, as we also saw above. New information, though, is the date on which Joseph Lamont purchased the Lair - 23 November, 2 days after his mother died, the day of the funeral, and the day Mary Jane was buried. This item can be accessed and examined through <> at <>.

The Cemetery's Register of Interments, 1882 - 1901, Page 363, shows that Mary J. Lamont, 59 years, of 85 Doncaster St, who died on the 21st of November 1900, was the 18,146th person to be buried in the Western Necropolis when her remains were interred on the 23rd. The Register entry confirms again that Joseph Lamont was the 'Proprietor of the Lair',  Lair No. 374 (Class II), Section O. The entry ends with the notation that Mary Jane's remains were buried at a depth of 8 feet, and that a fee of £1 was paid. This item can also be accessed through <> at <>.

And finally, the same Register of Interments, 1901 - 1916, Page 321, shows that Archibald Jas Lamont, 78 years, of 932 Govan Road, who died on 12 October 1912, was the 36,819th person to be buried in the Western Necropolis Cemetery. The Register confirms all of the other details about the Lair owner and location identification, and verifies that Archibald's remains were buried above Mary Janes', at a depth of 7 feet. A fee of only 16 shillings was paid this time. This item can also be accessed through <>, at <>. Curiously, this Register of Interments record shows that Archibald James was buried on the 14th of October, and not the 12th as found in the Register Book of Lairholders above. Clearly, whomever entered details about James Archibald Lamont's burial in the Register Book of Lairholders, recorded the date of death, rather than the date of interment.



1 Register of Deaths, Scotland, Burgh of Glasgow, District of Kelvin, 1900, Page 488, No. 1463: Mary Jane Lamont, married to Archibald Lamont, Formerly Tarpaulin Work Labourer; 1900, November Twenty-first, 8 h 20 m P.M. at 85 Doncaster Street, Glasgow; F[emale]; 54 years; daughter of Joseph Kirkpatrick, Cotton Spinner (deceased) and Eliza Kirkpatrick M. S. Greer (deceased); cause: Pneumonia syncope, as certified by Arch. R Gunn, M. B. [CM ?]; Informant: Joseph Lamont, son, present at death, of 786 Garscube Road; Registered at Glasgow 22 November 1900, by Wm L Campbell, Assist. Registrar, initialled by Registrar Wm. Buchanan. [RD: 644 / 09].

2. Register of Deaths, Scotland, County of Lanark, District of Govan, 1912, Page 333, No. 998: Archibald James Lamont (Formerly Tarpaulin Makers Labourer, Army Pensioner, Widower of Mary Jane Kirkpatrick); 1912, October Twelfth, 5 h 45 m A.M. at 932 Govan Road, Govan; M[ale]; 78 years; son of Peter Lamont, Gardener (deceased), and Elizabeth Stewart (deceased); cause: cerebral Haemorrhage, as certified by C Hope, M,B,C,M; Informant: Joseph Lamont, son, present at death, of 56 West End Park Street, Glasgow; Registered at Govan 14 October 1912 by Wm Maclaren, Assist Registrar, initialled by Registrar F B Crawford. [RD: 646 / 02].

3 The number of burials by this date is taken from the last entries in the most recent of the Cemetery's 'Register of Interments' which is accessible through <>. The number of memorial stones in the Cemetery is implied by information found as 'Number of Headstone Records' found at <>.


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The Family History of

Peter & Elizabeth (nee Stewart) Lamont


Disappeared from Rothesay after the 1841 Census of Scotland


Peter LAMONT's intention to marry Elizabeth STEWART was pronounced in 2 churches in Scotland - in the established church where he was living in 1835, Rothesay Burgh, Buteshire, and in the church were we must presume that Elizabeth was living, in Glasgow. By the time they were enumerated during the 1841 Census of Scotland, there were five children in their family. Another child appeared the next year, and all indications are that both Peter and Elizabeth died very soon thereafter (although absolutely no proof of this has surfaced). By the time of the 1851 Census of Scotland enumeration, the children had dispersed, with several living with an aunt - Euphemia McLachlan, in Argylshire. The exact relationship of Euphemia to Peter is not presently known, but she may have been a sister.

In 1863, one of the children - Adelaide, but then a young woman, sailed on free passage from Plymouth, England, to Melbourne, Australia. There she married and a large family of descendants is known today. Read more about this here.

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Adelaide Lamont

From Rothesay, Scotland, to Australia

in 1863


The 5th Child (of 6)


Peter & Elizabeth [nee Stewart] Lamont


Adelaide LAMONT was the second-last (5th) child of Peter LAMONT and his wife Elizabeth STEWART. She was born in Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, on 24 Jul 1840, and she was baptised twice there in 1842. Peter & Elizabeth are known to have died some time between Census Day in Scotland in 1841, and Census Day in 1851, but the dates and circumstances of their deaths have not apparently been recorded anywhere. The implication of two baptismal records for Adelaide - once in the Free Church in Rothesay, and once in the established church there, suggests that both of her parents had died by the time her baptismal ceremony was completed, However, no distinct trace of any form of death record has been found. A younger sibling named Elizabeth was born on the 25th of June, 1842, so it seems apparent that Elizabeth was still alive at that time (did she perhaps die in childbirth?).

Adelaide had several older and one younger siblings, and she and 3 of her siblings were living with Euphemia McLACHLAN in Kilfinan, Argylshire, when enumerated during Scotland's 1851 census. Adelaide and her siblings were said to be 'nieces' and 'nephew's of Euphemia, but the exact nature of her relationship to the children is not presently known. It's presumed, though, that Euphemia's maiden surname was Lamont, and that she may have been a [younger ?] sister of Peter Lamont.

In 1863, when she was about 22 years of age, Adelaide Lamont was one of several hundred poor young women - primarily destitute servant girls, who were encouraged with free passage to sail to Australia. The young women sailed from Plymouth on board the Maori, and arrived at Melbourne on 26 Jun 1863.

Adelaide was apparently destined for a place in Victoria, and a short while after arriving, and settling in where she was employed, she met and married a Chinese man who had been living there for several years.

Adelaide Lamont and Willie Ah KIN had a fairly large family, and their descendants can be found today throughout parts of south-eastern Australia and in New Zealand.

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