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Echo Vale Cemetery
NEW - NOW AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020
1851-Exiles Book- Angus Macleod's long awaited paperback tells the story of Huron Township Ontario's Lewis Settlement. Includes a number of wonderful anecdotes and tales never before published, a complete history of the Isle of Lewis from prehistory to the Matheson Clearances and information on the Lewis Community in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Breathtaking original photos by Leòdhais Macleod plus a number of rare old photographs - 39 colour photos in total. A perfect accompanying piece to Angus Macleod's The Silent Ones CD.
Excerpt from Angus Macleod's "1851 Exiles"
Here lies my dear wife and child They to me, were dear and lovely Their time with me was short but sweet But now they are gone and I am lonely. So reads one of the stones in the Huron Presbyterian Church Cemetery or "Old Lewis Cemetery" as it is sometimes called - the inscription - a sad and lonely tribute from a husband to his dearly departed wife and child. The husband's obvious grief at the untimely death of his young family is reflected in the simple but poignant verse engraved on the tombstone. The words are faded now, weathered by age and the harsh Southwestern Ontario environment. The other stones in the cemetery are in a similar condition or worse. Wild flowers and tall grass cloak the entire area leaving the site almost invisible to the human eye. An old gate, once polished and ornate, rests precariously against a solitary tombstone situated at one end of the graveyard, at its feet remnants and pieces of tombstones litter the area. Picking up a remnant, one can only identify the prefix Mac etched thinly into its surface. The old Lewis cemetery, now long abandoned, has a truly desolate and empty feeling to it. When within its confines, one has the feeling of being total isolated from the rest of the world. Looking at the gravestone erected for the prematurely diseased wife and child, it is easy to wonder when the husband's heartrending inscription was last read and if, in fact, it will ever be viewed again.
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