Six must-see ceme­ter­ies

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS FOCUS -

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.

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