Lieutenant William Stroyan

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Penninghame Old Churchyard

Princes Avenue

Newton Stewart



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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone, which has fallen face down and is overgrown, as at 16 June 2014. One of the great explorers of the Victorian era was Richard Burton, famous for his search for the source of the Nile. In 1854/55 his now famous association with John Hanning Speke began but at the same time he renewed his acquaintance with Lt William Stroyan of the Indian Navy with whom he had worked in Sind. In April 1855 Burton, Speke and Stroyan embarked on the ambitious project to trek to the Nile from the Somali coast. On 18 April 1855 their camp was attacked by Somali tribesmen and Stroyan was killed by a spear through the heart. The proposed expedition was abandoned and the survivors, carrying Stroyan's body arrived at Berbera and embarked on ship for Aden. Stroyan's body was decomposing too rapidly for removal to Aden so he was buried at sea. His death was reported, briefly, in the Wigtownshire Free Press (7 June 1855): At Berbera, North Eastern Africa, in April last, Lieutenant William Stroyan, HEICS [Honourable East India Company Service], aged 30 years, third son of John Stroyan Esq, Barr, Wigtownshire
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In memory of John Stroyan who died at Barr Parish of Pennighame 9th Decr 1863 aged 77 years and his wife Janet McCornick who fied at Barr 15th Feby 1862 aged 66 years And their children Jane who died Balgown, Parish of Kirkmaiden 19th Novr 1851 (?) aged 32 years William Lieutenant in the Hon East India Company's service who was killed by the natives at Bernerah, North Eastern Africa while in joint command with Captains Burton and Speke of a surveying expedition into the Somali Country (?) 19th April 1855 aged 30 years Samuel who died at Barr aged 14th April 1860 aged 33 years Henry who died at Barr 25th Feby 1861 aged 28 years. This monument is erected in 1869 by the survivors of the family to keep in affectionate remembrance those who are not lost but gone before

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