The Oldest Slabstone

This slab stone, enclosed by a low parapet, is one of four stones all erected for members of the Gibb family. The panel bears a shield charged with the name Gibb. The original dedication appears to have been erased and a new inscription commemorating James Gibb can be seen. The pick, mallet and chisel indicate a miner or quarryman. A later Gibb descendant was a merchant of some standing indicated by the reverse 4 which can be seen on the broad slab stone nearby.