the funeral fight

Kirkhill – a peaceful and quiet burial ground East of Beauly. St Mary’s,  the old Wardlaw Parish Church, goes back to 17th century, the belfry dates back to 1722. Quite some time before that, probably some time in the early 17th  century, an extraordinary event took place here in this very graveyard during a funeral. The... Continue Reading →

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Torryburn, Fife

In this churchyard lies Eppie Coutts, Either here, or hereabouts: But where it is, none can tell Till Eppie rise and tell hersel'. Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers; Edinburgh, 1990

On Mr Strange

Here lies an honest lawyer - That is Strange! Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers; Edinburgh, 1990    

lining up the dead

Alignment and precision are a common feature in war graves but very rarely encountered in graveyards in the Scottish Highlands. This is not true however for Dalreichart burial ground in Glenmoriston. There is a certain order to things here. It has always been a cold part of the country where the river Moriston flows towards... Continue Reading →

Aberdeen

Here lies Martin Elginbrod, Have mercy on my soul, Lord God, As I would do were I Lord God, And Thou were Martin Elginbrod. Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers; Edinburgh, 1990

rock by the sea

St Monans is probably the church in Scotland which is closest to the sea. So ist the  surrounding graveyard. A dramatic setting for a church built in 14th century. Dramatic is a term often encountered here. The church, named after Saint Monan, an Irish monk who had come here in 9th century and was slain... Continue Reading →

The Tall Man from Dumfries

Here lies Andrew MacPherson, Wo was a peculiar person; He stood six foot two Without his shoe And he was slew, At Waterloo. Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers; Edinburgh, 1990

greyfriar’s grandiose grave garden

Colourful is not the first word that comes to mind where graveyards are concerned. But it should. At least in Dundee. The Howff is probably the most colourful graveyard in Scotland - lush, vibrant and opulent. And yes, it is a graveyard, right in the middle of Dundee City Centre. It started with one rather dull... Continue Reading →

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