Of all the many monuments in the Southern Necropolis The White Lady has gained a unique and mysterious reputation. It is the resting place of John S. Smith, carpet manufacturer, his wife Magdalene and their housekeeper Mary McNaughton. In the form of a veiled woman beside a broken pillar,the ivy covered and much weathered memorial tells a fascinating story. Although the date of her husband’s death is no longer visible on the stone the tragic story behind the accidental death of Magdalene and her housekeeper is poignantly told. On 29th October 1933 while returning from church to their home at Langside Avenue, sheltering from the heavy rain behind an umbrella, they walked into the path of a tramcar on Queen’s Drive. Magdalene died on arrival at the Victoria Infirmary and Mrs McNaughton passed away two weeks later. The monument is a solemn and fitting memorial to the
tragedy. Local legend tells how the White Lady turns
her head as you pass by.