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September 29, 2007

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I visited Hollywood Forever Cemetery again today. Found some graves I hadn't before, and checked up on a few of my favorites.

Phil Prentice and Ernie Tate, for example, haven't taken up residence in the cemetery yet.

Phil Prentice & Ernie Tate (0985)Phil Prentice & Ernie Tate (0984)

I found Edward G. Robinson, Jr.

Edward G. Robinson, Jr. (0999)Edward G. Robinson, Jr. (0997)Edward G. Robinson, Jr. (0998).jpg

And Peter Lorre.

Peter Lorre (1012)

Mel Blanc.

Mel Blanc (0962)

Also Jack Laird (his filmography).

Jack Laird (1007)

I went by Eugene Kaplansky's striking memorial again.

Eugene Kaplansky (0967)Eugene Kaplansky - His Cap (0966)

And next to it I saw a new memorial going in that looks like it was designed by the same artist.

Work In Progress (0964)Work In Progress - Reverse (0965)

I was surprised to discover the animal menagerie that lives in the cemetery. There are at least two pens of peacocks, and a pen of colorful rabbits. This isn't the first time I've seen the various geese and swans that roam the place, but this time I saw that they had provided a shelter for a goose to sit on "his" nest. I assume they know the gender correctly. They also have put a couple of shelters out for feral cats. They put out water and food for them too. I saw one cat, and it was looking pretty sorry.

Peacock (0986)Hidden Cat Nook (0973)Hollywood Forever Cat (0975)Hollywood Forever Cat (0974)Hollywood Forever 'Goose' (1004)

Here's Darren McGavin.

Darren McGavin (1005)

This is Charles Chaplin's son.

Charles S. Chaplin. Jr. (0993)

I got a couple photos of Valentino's grave that were better than what I had before.

Valentino (1011)Valentino (1010)

Over along the east fence of the cemetery they inefficiently put a row graves about 4 feet from the fence, most of them dating from the first quarter of the 20th century. In the last few years the current management has taken advantage of this half-size space by putting in a row of child's graves. No where have I seen such a concentration of family shrines to deceased children.

Crucifix & Monkey (0980)Sandy (0976)Christmas Eve Baby (0977)Little Samoan (0979)Child's Grave (0978)

This is Jesse Lasky, one of the founders of Paramount Pictures.

Jesse L. Lasky (0991)

Here's a Civil War veteran. There are several in the cemtery. An interesting detail on this one is that no date of death has been entered for his wife, although she was born in 1876. Did she just disappear, or marry another man, or what?

Civil War U.S. Navy Veteran (1006)

But it was with this grave that I really hit pay dirt.

Earl of Caithness (1000)

A Google search turned up this NY Times article about the life and death of John Sutherland Sinclair, 17th Earl of Caithness. You can go download that if you want, or just read it here:


Head of Scotch House of Caithness Known Only in California as "J.S-Sinclair."


Came to America Many Years Ago and Made Money on a North Dakota Ranch.

Special to The New York Times.

LOS ANGELES, July 19.—The erection yesterday over a new grave In Hollywood Cemetery of a monument Inscribed "John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness," was the first authentic notice to Los Angeles people that the wealthy John Sutherland Sinclair, who died here recently, was the seventeenth Earl of Caithness, the successor to the title of one of the oldest lines of Scotch nobility. Gossip and speculation here had identified Mr. Sinclair as the Earl, but, it is said, that to only two men in the city, of whom Corrldan H. Putnam, the head of a mining engineering company, was one, had the Earl confessed his identity. Mr. Putnam admitted this tonight, and said that he had been pledged to secrecy by the Earl.

Known as Mr. Sinclair, Lord Caithness came here three years ago and made his residence at the Hotel Balboa. He gave freely to philanthropic objects, maintaining for the purpose an office with Mr, Putnam. He lived quietly, and his funeral was so simple that it attracted, almost no attention.

Mr. Putnam said the answer to (he question of why the Earl concealed his title might be found in the motto of the house of Caithness, "Commit thy work to God."

"A modest man, he held all the titles as dross and preferred to live as one of the plain people of earth,' said Mr. Putoam, " His life was devoted to good works."

Mr. Sinclair, as heir-presumptive to the Earldom, came to this country thirty-nine years ago and located in Canada, where he was connected for years with the Bank of Montreal. An uncle, Lord Pentland of Lyth, now Governor of Madras, had come to Canada just before aa secretary to the Governor General of Canada.

About the time he came into the title he was farming an enormous acreage in North Dakota, near Devil's Lake. A town known as Berriedale now stands on this acreage. One of the titles of the Earl of Caithness is Lord Berriedale.

A large man, straight, with a long, strong face, white hair and beard, the Earl was a familiar figure about Westlake Park. At his hotel he passed for an affable man possessing means, but reticent about himself.

The Earl's end was hastened by injuries received in the Pacific Electric wreck at Vineyard Junction, when he was returning to the city from the beach. One leg was injured and he suffered from nervous shock, as he was seated directly behind a woman who was killed. Finally paralysis set in and he had to be taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died.

The body was placed In a vault pending the arrival of a couain from Scotland, and then the burial took place.

The seventeenth Earl of Caithness, who made this country his home by adoption, traced his family back to the year 875. The Earldom of Caithness at one time embraced the entire northern part of Scotland from sea to sea and included the Orkney Islands, but when the seventeenth Earl came into his title he did not fall heir to a foot of Scottish territory. The successions in the family had become so complicated and testators had so subdivided the once immense estate that nothing was left for the seventeenth Earl.

The Earl came to America many years ago and settled on the Berriedale Ranch in North Daksota, where he was successful in business. In 1910 he inherited the Castle of Auchmacoy and considerable other landed property in Aberdeenshire from his maternal grandaunt. Miss Louise Buchan, and by inheritance came into an income of $25,000 a year.

The full title of the Earl was Earl of Caithness, Lord Berriedale of Scotland, and Baronet of Nova Scotia. His younger brother, the Hon. Norman MacLeod (Sinclair) Buchan of Auchmacoy House, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is the heir.

I don't know if he's really related, but here's a John Sutherland born in North Dakota in 1910.

There are more photos too, and you can see them all here.

Filed under California,Photography | permalink | September 29, 2007 at 10:52 PM


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