This mournful lady was spotted whilst I was walking through the Dean Cemetery last week. She has been devotedly watching over the grave of George Aikman, surgeon, from East Linton, Prestonkirk, for over 150 years and I thought that such a vigil deserved mention!
George Aikman died on the 29th January 1857 aged 45 and left a widow, Jane Brown Smith, who survived her husband and lived for another 37 years.
George Aikman's death notice in the Scotsman of the 31st January (pg.3) gives few other details, but George appears in the 1841 census at Prestonkirk along with his wife, Jane (both aged 30). They appear to have married the previous year at Prestonkirk.
In 1851 the couple are still at Prestonkirk (with no children but two servants). George is named as a licentiate Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
It doesn't appear that they had any children before George's death in 1857, so I do not imagine that they have any direct descendants today, but if they link into your tree at some point then I hope that these images will prove interesting.