Mary Tod Smith

Last Name: 
First Name: 
Mary Tod
Grave Plot No.: 
Date of birth: 
year of death: 
date of death: 
30 Oct 1850
Ethnicity / Origin: 
Age at death: 
28 yrs
Wife of Captain Andrew Smith of the 'Parland'. For further information, see See
Full Epitaph: 
Fare well but not forever/ To the Memory of/ Mary/ the Beloved Wife of / Andrew Smith. / Commander of the Ship "Parland"/ Died at sea five days after/ Giving Birth to a make child on the / 25th of October 1850. Aged 28 years/ Her remains were brought and interred/ here on the 14th of December 1850./ Also her infant babe who expired shortly after his birth/ On the 20th of October 1850/ And was buried at sea./ Why (unconsolate) as those/ To whom no hope is given?/ Death is the messenger of peace/And calls the soul to Heaven/A few short years of (ever) past/We reach the happy shore/When death awards friends at last/Shall meet to part no more
Place of birth / origin: 
Edinburgh St Cuthberts
Place of death: 
At sea
Cause of death: 
Childbirth [?]
Tomb architecture: 
Pedestal tomb.
Detailed information: 

A certain Murray Walker writes in a blog post: 'I have a 3rd great grand mother buried in a Scottish Cemetery in Calcutta. The monument was marble with gold letters on the engraving and was surrounded by an iron railing. The monument cost 40 pounds. I have the letter her husband, Capt. Andrew Smith, wrote to her mother.' [See

Andrew Smith is described as a seaman and ship broker. His ship, 'Parland', is advertised in the Glasgow Herald [See]. Smith rose quickly in the profession - from seaman in 1845 to captain in 1847. He married Mary Tod Smith in Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland on 4 Nov 1845. [See The Parland carried immigrants to Australia, many of whom were vinedressers and came from Germany. More information on the Parland can be obtained here: The website also has a scan of the original embarkation documents of the ship.

The Scran database stores some digitised letters by Smith. See:

Any reason for importance: 
Husband was captain of emigrant ship.
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This record has been created by:: 

Souvik Mukherjee