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|Name:||Fr. George Rigg|
|Address:||Parish House, St. Peter's Church|
|Place of death:||Daliburgh Hospital|
|Date of funeral:||17/08/1897|
|Funeral Location:||St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh|
|Additional Info:||Fr. Rigg was born in Coll, Stornoway in 1860. He was educated in Douay; then Issy in 1886-1888; St. Sulpice 1888-1891. He was ordained in Paris in 1891. His first parish was Inverie 1891-1894 near Knoydart. From there he was transferred to Daliburgh in 1894. Fr. Rigg died in Daliburgh in August 1897. |
"Fr. Rigg was a most promising young priest who died heroically in the fever epidemic of 1897, having caught the infection while looking after a case - an old woman, one of his parishioners, whose neighbours and relations did not dare to enter the house to help her. This incident affected all Uist deeply, and no one more than Fr Allan MacDonald, parish priest of Eriskay, who commemorated Fr Rigg in a touching poem, still unpublished, of which four verses are quoted here:
Bha am pobull-sa truagh dheth
Féill Moire na Buana,
Gur h-obann a fhuair iad 1èireadh;
Bhuail beum a bha cruaidh iad,
Là dh'eug an sàr-uasal,
Là thrèig an deagh-bhuachaill' treud' iad.
Thu shiubhal nad' òige
Chuir buileach gu bròn sinn,
Am mullach do threòir is t'fheuma;
An sagart glan bòidheach,
Ar taic is ar dòchas,
‘Ga fhalach fo'n fhòid, b'e ‘m beud e.
Cha tillte le sgràth thu
Bho shaothair do Shlànair,
Is chìte gach là ‘nad leum thu
Thoirt sòlas dha'n fhàrdraich
‘N robh còmhnuidh na plàighe,
Tigh brònach gun bhlàths, gun chéilidh.
Thu ‘d ghaisgeach ‘nad ònar,
Gun neach reachadh còmh riut,
Air faiche na tròcair ‘s feum air
Gun d'fhuair thu trom-leònadh,
‘S bàs cruaidh mar bu deòin leat,
‘S breith bhuadhach na glòir ‘na éirig."
(TRANSLATION From Gaelic)
"The congregation was sad for it, on the day of the Assumption (15th August 1897) suddenly they were sorely hurt; a hard blow struck them the day the true noble died, the day the good shepherd of his flock forsook them.
Your death, in your youth, at the height of your strength and capability, made us all sorrowful; the handsome fine priest, our stay and our hope, concealed beneath the sod, it was a disaster.
Fear would not deter you from the work of your Saviour, every day you would be seen active; giving consolation to the household where the plague was dwelling, a cold house without warmth or company.
You were a hero, all alone, without anyone who would go with you on the path of mercy when needed; you were sorely stricken, and earned the martyr's death you desired, and the triumphant judgment of Glory as its recompense."
(Text written by Canon John Angus Galbraith in 2001; prose in Gaelic written by Fr. Allan MacDonald, parish priest of Eriskay in 1897; translated by Canon John Angus Galbraith)
|Gravestone Inscription:||Of Your Charity|
Pray For The Soul Of the
Rev. George Rigg
Who Died at Dalabrog
13th August 1897
In the 37th Year Of His Age
And the 7th Of His Priesthood
Of a Fever Contracted in a Heroic
Discharge of His Duty
"Requiescat in Pace"
Erected in Loving Memory by His Sorrowing Flocks of
Dalibrog and Knoydart and By Many Other Friends
|Additional Grave Info:||The inscription at the top of the headstone reads:|
"Bheir am buachaill math a bheatha air son a chaorath. Eoin X II."
When literally translated from Gaelic, means
"The Good Shepherd would give his life for his sheep - John 10.11"