Six must-see cemeteries
Old Town Cemetery, Stirling: Home to two of what must be Scotland’s most bizarre graveyard memorials – a pyramid and glass encased statue that looks like it would be better placed on top of a wedding cake.
The Star Pyramid was built in 1863 and is a memorial to martyrs of the Scottish Reformation, while the Martyrs Monument contains an angel looking over two girls, Margaret and Agnes Wilson. Both were arrested for their beliefs of the Covenants and sentenced to death by drowning in 1685. Agnes was saved but Margaret died.
St Kessog’s, Callander: Saint Kessog’s graveyard houses a small octagonal building. It was used in the early 1800s for watchmen to keep guard and ensure no grave was robbed.
Old Logie Kirk, near Stirling: Nestled under the Ochils, there’s been a church on the sites since the 1100s. Gravestones feature carved mortality symbols, including skulls and crossed bones and hourglasses. There are also trade symbols that hint at the roles and lives of the graves’ occupants.
Larbert Old Church,
Stirlingshire: The graveyard illustrates the industrial revolution, with a large mausoleum dedicated to the managers of the nearby Carron Ironworks. There is also a large mausoleum, towering column and mock Roman temple.
Canongate Kirkyard, Old
Town, Edinburgh: Less busy than Greyfriars, it is the final resting place of many famous Scots, including the poet Robert Fergusson and Agnes Maclehose, who wrote to Robert Burns under the name “Clarinda” and who is said to have inspired Ae Fond Kiss.
Old Kirk, Tulliallan, near
Kincardine: Graves date from the late 1600s to the early 1800s and feature traditional mortality symbols alongside others that reflect Kincardine’s history as a port. Stones reflect local trades, including tailors, masons and sailors. Look out for the gravestone that shows a woodsman chopping down a tree.