"I was dismayed by what I saw."

Madge's grave in the news

 The article below appeared in the Scottish edition of The Times (13.06.20.) 

 It was spotted by BILL CROUCH, who investigated and says, "I was dismayed by what I saw."  

 Bill's report is also on this page. 

Bill Crouch, a member of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent in Glasgow, comments on the new ‘memorial’ to Margaret Jefferson which appeared recently on her unmarked grave.

I spent many years researching the Jefferson’s stay in and around Glasgow and found Margaret Jefferson’s unmarked grave in Cathcart Cemetery several years ago.

When I read the article in THE TIMES by Marc Horne it came as a complete surprise. When I visited the site today (13.06.20.) I was dismayed by what I saw.

The headstone consists of a beige coloured paving stone that you would find in a DIY store, with black lettering on a white plastic board which has been attached (not too well) to the stone with white glue which has seeped over the edges onto the stone. The arrangement does not look too permanent and I fear could easily be taken apart.

The white cross consists of two pieces of old white melamine faced chipboard, which, by their look, had had a previous life in a kitchen or cupboard.

The two pieces are tied together using white cable ties. 


A vase of plastic flowers completes the scene.


It is my personal opinion that this makeshift arrangement is not a befitting memorial and I cannot agree with Marc Horne’s heading in THE TIMES article “A fine mess no more: grave of Stan Laurel’s mother gets a fitting credit.” I wonder if he visited the site.


THE TIMES article stated that no one knew who had placed this tribute on the grave and attributed it to ‘a mystery fan’.

For the record, the Jefferson family moved to Scotland in 1905 and not 1901 as the article stated. No plaque was placed outside the family home in Glasgow by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. However,  plans were finalised in early 2020 between the Call of the Cuckoos Tent, Historic Environment Scotland and the owners of the property to have a plaque to Stan Laurel placed at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen later this year.

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