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Mount Alvernia

Lasswade Road, Gracemount,Liberton, Edinburgh

Mount Alvernia, Liberton, Edinburgh  -  Looking North

Closed 1992.    Now converted to housing

 

Recollections

1.

Lilian Lockhart

Rome, Italy

Thank you to Lilian Lockhart who wrote:

Age 15

"I was born at 24 Restalrig Drive in 1938 and brought up there.   When I was fifteen, I entered the Poor Clare convent, Mount Alvernia, Liberton,  where I remained a few years.  I have happy loving memories of the dear sisters.

Return Visit

"Recently, I returned to Edinburgh and was, of course,  sad to see changes but  that's life .

The cemetery is on the left-hand side  when you enter the gate.  I went to the graves of all my sisters.  They were wonderful.

Kemp's Corner

I also remember Kemp's Corner,  and my friends:

-  the Bell family who lived in Loganlea Crescent.

- the Airlies, the Cairns and the Sowersbys from Restalrig Drive.   When I  come to Edinburgh we all meet like one big happy family"

Lilian Lockhart, Rome, Italy:  September 24, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan for following up a question asked by Frank White on the Poor Clare Convent page.  Please click on any ot the thumbnail images below to enlarge them.

Danny wrote:

Sister Anthony Question

"Following up on Frank White's request for information on the grave of his aunt, Sister Anthony, I made a visit to Mount Alvernia.  After an initial look about decided not to waste any time and knocked on a door of a house in the original chapel part of the development.

Chaplain's House

    Mount Alvernia Convent - Chaplain's House

The gentleman living there, Mr Hamilton, had been in the house since about 2000 and knew some information about the nuns' cemetery.   He also has a copy of the original title deeds for the convent."

The Cemetery

"The cemetery has now been enclosed by the developer with a lovely real stone wall.    It is located at the south side of the site next to the wall of Liberton Hospital and next to the parking area parallel to the main road.

It can be seen on Google Earth.  Zooming-in, it is possible to see the grave plaques.     The cemetery has a wrought iron gate and its own path leading from a gate on the main road.     The cemetery is under the care of Edinburgh Council who cut the grass - occasionally.   The grass was somewhat unkempt when I was there

Grave plaques in Cemetery

    Mount Alvernia Convent - Grave Plaques

"While I was in the cemetery we were joined by a lady who lives in one of the flats in the original convent.    She was one of the first to move into the new houses and does some of the maintenance in the cemetery.    She was able to give me a lot of information.

Prior to the wall being built around the cemetery, the graveyard was open.    When the developers was building the wall they found that the layout plan of the graveyard was wrong and they had to put a dogleg in the wall to avoid disturbing some graves."

Plaques

"Originally the the graves were marked with simple crosses and plaques with the sisters' names and details.    These have been removed and stainless steel plaques have been set into the ground on each grave, giving details of sisters.

The sisters were all named Sister Mary something, with a name such as Anthony, many with the names of male saints.

The graves are located out from both the west and the east walls in 2 rows."

The Nun who looked after the chickens and sold the eggs was Sister Mary Stephen.  Here is her plaque.

Sister Mary Stephen's Plaque

    Mount Alvernia Convent - Plaque to Mother Mary Bernadine

The founder of the convent was Mother Mary Bernadine.  Here is her plaque.

Mother Mary Bernadine's Plaque

    Mount Alvernia Convent - Plaque to Mother Mary Bernadine

Stations of the Cross

"The nuns still come from their convent in Humbie on anniversaries etc.     Around the wall are crosses of 'The Stations of the Cross'.  On the south wall one of the original crosses remains.

An old lady, a relative of one of the nuns, still comes up regular from Berwick on Tweed to leave flowers etc."

Station of the Cross

    Mount Alvernia Convent - Station of the Cross

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:12 January 2012

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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