A St Monans Family Remembered
Friday, March 15th
Join us for a three day event celebrating the works of William Easton (photographer) and learn about the Easton family history.
The historic fishing village of St. Monans is steeped in history and culture. Part of that history was captured through the lens of the celebrated photographer William Easton (1860-1929) who photographed various aspects of village life of that time.
Many of these photographs can be found in the St. Monans Heritage Collection today where they provide a fascinating glimpse into a part of the village’s rich history.
The Easton family arrived in St. Monans in the late 19th Century, sometime between 1882 and 1891. Sadly, the last member of the Easton family to live in the village, Ivie Easton, died in 1979 and is buried in the Auld Kirk graveyard alongside several other family members.
The Easton family name will forever be linked with St. Monans, not just through the photography of William but also through the tragic loss of two of Williams sons (Charles and Stewart) who both died during The Great War of 1914-1918. Both Charles and Stewart are remembered on the war memorial situated in the Auld Kirk graveyard.
On Friday 15th March 2019, Bill Easton, a resident of Eagle Point, Oregon, and the great grandson of William Easton, will make his first ever visit to the UK and St Monans.
Bill Easton had made contact with the folk of St Monans through a community Facebook page last year. This led to various members of the community taking an interest in the family history and work began on researching their family tree.
The family has now been traced back six generations to William Easton, born in 1790 at Borthwick, Midlothian. This information will be presented to Bill Easton as part of a celebration of the Easton Family planned for his arrival.
Bill Easton is arranging for a headstone to be erected in the Auld Kirk graveyard to commemorate six members of the Easton family who are buried in an unmarked plot there. At 2:30pm a short service will be held at the graveside.
There will then be a short service of remembrance held at the War Memorial where Bill will lay a wreath in honour of his lost relatives and all the other brave souls listed there. Audrey and Rebecca Clark will play the pipes and drums as part of the service. All members of the Community are cordially invited to attend.
As part of the celebration of theEaston family and the role they have played in St Monans history the St Monans Heritage Collection will be open on Saturday 16th March and Sunday 17th March (10:30 – 16:00) where you will be able to see a collection of William Eastons works. We will also have documentation on show detailing the history of the Easton family, stretching back to 1790 along with information about the two brave young men who died in The Great War.
This event has been sponsored by St Monans Heritage Collection and St Monans Sea Queen Committee who will be celebrating their 60th anniversary at the St Monans Sea Queen Day being held on June 15th.
Friday 15th March 2:30pm – Commemoration Service & Remembrance Service at the Auld Kirk Graveyard, St Monans.
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March (10:30-16:00) – Easton Exhibition at the St Monans Heritage Collection. Entry to the St Monans Heritage Collection is completely FREE.
St Monans Harbour
The event runs from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the following dates.
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