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To the memory of John Skelton Thompson
Francis John Langley Kinkead
Thomas Leopold Roberts
who all three perished on one day by drowning in Loch Corrie 17 August 1887
moved with pity for so sad a catastrophe, the citizens of Galway had this monument erected.

They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in death they were not divided.

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Frank Irvin

The shell on this tombstone in Lake View Cemetery intrigues me.  A shell like this, specifically a scallop shell, is the pilgrimage symbol for Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Greater.  The shrine holds bones that are reputed to be those of the saint, also the patron saint of Spain, and has been a pilgrimage site for Christians since the 9th century.  Medieval pilgrims would wear a shell as a symbol of their journey, and such scallop shells are still available today.  Did Irvin make this journey and treasure it in such a way that a representation of it was to be on his grave marker?

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