Reverend ADAM THOMSON DD of the Bible Monopoly fame but unable to read text on marble slab. However, James Robson’s book of 1896 titled ‘Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire’ records the very last paragraph of inscription on the white marble: “The great success of his career was the abolition of the Scottish Bible monopoly, along with what he did and suffered for the cheapening and circulation of the holy book”.
(This monument may have had a small enclosure at one time because there is a small cornerstone beside the monument).
The Rev ADAM THOMSON who was born in Coldstream in 1776 and ordained in March 1806 where after a faithful ministry of 65 years he died in 1861.
The members of the United Presbytery congregation Coldstream who were under his Pastoral ??
Erected by JOHN SMITH Mason Coldstream in memory of his daughter MARGARET who died 19 December 1838 aged 11 years. Also the above JOHN SMITH who died 28 August 1856 aged 60 years. Also ISABELLA HARDIE wife of the above who died 31 August 1873 aged 82 years. Also by JANET SMITH in memory of her husband JOHN SMITH son of the above who died Jan 22nd 1859 aged 39 years. Also JANET SMITH wife of the above who died 12th March 1878 aged 62 years.
In loving remembrance of JESSIE PATTISON wife of the Reverend PETER MEARNS Coldstream who died at Glasgow on 7 April 1867 aged 45 years. Also was interred in Sighthill Cemetery there. And of MAGGIE their daughter who died at Coldstream 22 March 1871 aged 12 years. They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not long divided. Also the above Reverend PETER MEARNS Minister of the West United Presbyterian Church Coldstream born at Clenconnor Ochiltree 11 April 1816 ordained at Coldstream 30 September 1846 died at Coldstream 29 March 1901. Peace perfect peace with loved ones far away in Jesus keeping we are safe and they. Reverend JAMES MEARNS MA incumbent of Rushden and Wallington Herts son of the above born 8 April 1855 died 21 June 1922 interred at Wallington.