Rid­dle of bones found at church

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

which is Gaelic for “the foot of the burn”, which re­lates to the site of the church over the years and it was said it could help shed light on the mys­tery of the bones.

Rev Miller added: “The church be­fore this one was built nearer the River Leven, although it was only up for 30 years.

“If its pre­de­ces­sors were in the same place, this area of land might well have been the church grave­yard.”

What was not so easy to ex­plain was why no re­mains of coffins or bro­ken head­stones were un­cov­ered.

This led to spec­u­la­tion that the un­for­tu­nate souls were vic­tims of some epi­demic, such as cholera.

Al­ter­na­tively, it could have in­di­cated that Bon­hill Church was built on the site of a pau­pers’ fi­nal rest­ing place.

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed that the bones had been removed from the church for anal­y­sis as a mat­ter of rou­tine.

They were to be re­turned to Bon­hill Church, where lo­cal builder Ed­die McMur­ray in­tended to place them in a cof­fin and lay them to rest.

Mean­while, at the time, the church restora­tion fund stood at £100,000, con­sid­er­ably short of the tar­get fig­ure.

Rev Miller said: “Our con­cern at the mo­ment is not that the job won’t be fin­ished but that it will take longer than orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated.”

Macabre dis­cov­ery Rev Ian Miller with the skele­tons which were dis­cov­ered on the site of Bon­hill Church 30 years ago

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