Engraving from Old & New Edinburgh - published 1890

Warriston Cemetery

Warriston Cemetery

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Warriston Cemetery

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Warriston Cemetery

Thank you to Brian Malcolm for identifying some of the monuments in this old engraving of Warriston Cemetery.  This is one of the engravings that appeared in Grant's 'Old & New Edinburgh' published in 1890.

See below.

Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Brian Malcolm, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

 

Monuments

Brian Malcolm wrote

"On this engraving, the following have been marked:

Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh

RED:

The Peddie Monument

BLUE:

The memorial to Simpson, founder of the Simpson Memorial Hospital in Edinburgh and discoverer of anaesthetic.

GREEN:

The chapel.  At one time, the internment ceremony would have taken place here.  There was speculation that the coffin was lowered into the vaults below the chapel, although I have not seen evidence of this from my time spent in the vaults.

I've seen the destruction of the coffins and the bodies strewn about in there, along the front passage.  I'd say that 1 in 4 graves are desecrated; it is very sad. Further back into the vaults, there is less destruction.  I assume the darkness kept the vandals at bay.

All that remains today of the structure is a raised mound centrally placed lengthways along the vaults.  The skylights and ventilation shafts have all been filled in now, none to late, but I remember my mother who would now have been aged 86, telling me how the sunlight used to shine out thru the portcullis windows along the front of the vaults at certain times of the year.

There are two substantial monuments to my family in Warriston, one still stands, sadly the other now lies flat face down."

Brian Malcolm, Blackpool, Lancashire, England:  October 29, 2010

 

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