Mar Sin Leat John Insley Blair
John Insley Blair’s rather plain gravestone will tell you he was born on August 22, 1802 and died on December 2, 1899. What it doesn’t tell you is what a humble and remarkable man he was and the adventurous and philanthropic life that he lived. Born just two miles from Belvidere on his parents’ farm in Foul Rift and later growing up in Hope, his childhood was defined by vigorous farm labor, a very poor education, and the sudden death of his father. Yet, he was able to take those experiences and turn them into unimaginable success.
This year is the 120th Anniversary of Mr. Blair’s passing. Join us on Sunday, December 1, 2019 for An Evening with Mr. Blair, sponsored by the Blairstown Museum. Guests will learn about his intriguing and inspiring life, and view personal items and artifacts related to Mr. Blair. Light refreshments will be served, and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase their very own John Insley Blair Commemorative Medal.
At 8:00 P.M. a free lantern walking tour to Mr. Blair’s resting place will depart from the Blairstown Museum. At the cemetery, a brief reading will take place, followed by a Scottish custom to bid him mar sin leat. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.