28 October 2012

James Prior's Parents

I've so far been unable to locate the grave of the novelist James Prior (born James Prior Kirk) in Bingham, although by chance I came across his parents' grave in the General Cemetery in Nottingham today. Interestingly, I think, his mother died when he was still a child. His father, also James Kirk, was a straw hat manufacturer in Nottingham, and on his death in 1880 Prior helped in the family business for a year until two of his sisters took it over. The inscription reads:

'SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH JANE, THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES KIRK,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 3RD. 1861,
AGED 46 YEARS
 
A LOVING WIFE, A PRUDENT MOTHER AND A FAITHFUL FRIEND.

ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES KIRK,
WHO DIED APRIL 7TH. 1880
AGED 59 YEARS.

"AND HE WAS NOT, FOR GOD TOOK HIM."'



Writers and literary associations in Nottingham General Cemetery:

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Robert Goodacre (1777–1835)
Ruth Bryan (1805–1860)
Sarah Ann Agnes Turk (1859–1927)
Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
Josiah Gilbert (1814–1892)
Anthony Hervey (c. 1796–1850)
Charles Bell Taylor (1829–1909)
Ann Taylor (1782–1866)
Robert Millhouse (1788-1839)
Henry Hogg (1831-74)

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