Tour Scotland Video Pet Marjorie Gravestone Abbotshall Churchyard Kirkcaldy Fife
Tour Scotland video of the Pet Marjorie gravestone in Abbotshall Churchyard cemetery on ancestry visit to Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. Born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 15 January 1803, Marjorie Fleming, Scottish child writer and poet, was the third child of the Kirkcaldy accountant James Fleming, died 1840, and his wife Isabella, daughter of James Rae. Her uncle Thomas Fleming was minister of Kirkaldy parish church. Her mother's relations were acquainted in Edinburgh with the young Walter Scott. Marjorie spent most of her sixth, seventh and eighth years in Edinburgh under the tutelage of a cousin, Isabella Keith, who was about 17. Marjorie returned to Kirkcaldy in July 1811, but wrote on 1 September in a letter to Isabella Keith, " We are surrounded with measles at present on every side. " She herself contracted measles in November and apparently recovered, but then died, of what was described as " water on the head " and is now considered to have been meningitis, on 19 December 1811. She was a month short of her ninth birthday. The monument marking her grave, south of the old parish church in Kirkcaldy, was not erected until 1930. It was designed by Pilkington Jackson. Marjorie is best remembered for a diary that she kept for the last 18 months of her life.
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