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About Robert Nasmyth Irving
From "James Irving of Ironshore and His Descendants," 1916:
There is very little to record of Robert Nasmyth beyond
the foregoing. He entered the 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment
of Foot on the 2nd March, 1847, promoted a Lieutenant in 1850,
served with his regiment during the Kaffir War, 1851-3, for
which he obtained the medal.
His death took place on the 9th March, 1894, at 20 Onslow Gardens, London, in his sixty-seventh year. The Annandale Observer of the 16th of the same month in noticing his demise says he was little known in that district; the Reverend Alexander Brown made the following references to the deceased in the Parish Church:
"Since I have taken up my abode so recently on the fringe of his estate and since it has not been my privilege to enjoy his acquaintance, my notice of the deceased must, of necessity, be brief. If, in these circumstances, the mention of his death from this public place, and the expression of our regret at the same, need to be justified, that may be done. We worship
to-day on a site which would have been part of his inheritance had it not been gifted away and dedicated to the glory of God by a previous proprietor. Then this Church supplies religious ordinance for the whole of Bonshaw Estate — all of which is within the bounds of this Parish. And lastly, the deceased gentleman was our superior, and his ancestral and historic seat — more durable than the successive lives of its owners —
lifts its weather-beaten head and scarred face in close proximity to our shrine. Since it hath pleased God to change the countenance of its owner, and to send him away, may his soul, released from a troubled and pain -stricken body, have entered upon its unbroken rest."
With Robert ended the last male heir of James the Third.