This page lists forthcoming events, current news, recent publications, and classic books relating to Scottish graveyards. Notices will be archived to provide a summary of the year's events. Please contact www.scottishgraveyards.org.uk if you have any news or queries that you would like to be posted on this page, if you would like to review any books or events, or to reply to any queries.
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Guided tours of the Glasgow Necropolis, 20th August and 17th September
Friends of Glasgow Necropolis are pleased to announce that we will be running guided tours of the Necropolis on Sunday 20th August and Sunday17th September. All are welcome to attend, although prior booking is essential. The guided tours are free, although donations to FGN are welcome. Tours will commence at 2pm and will last approximately two hours. Meeting place will be confirmed on booking. To book, or check availability of, a specific tour, please e-mail:email@example.com Please note that bookings will close at midday on the day prior to each tour.
Open Doors to Heaven Lunchtime Walks throughout September 2006 arranged by Friends of Dundee City Archives
For more details contact City Archives, 1 Shore Terrace, tel 01382 434494 or www.fdca.org.uk
Monday 11th September, Western Cemetery, Perth Road, 1 pm
Built as a commercial enterprise in 1845 and then taken over by the Council, it has panels of biblical references at the entrance. Its splendid monuments include those of newspaper proprietors, shipyard owners and the ornate tomb in the classical style of Baron Armitstead of Castlehill.
Tuesday 12th September, Logie Cemetery, Lochee Road, 1 pm
As hundreds of motorists drive past this cemetery each day, they give little thought that this ancient site dates back to a parish church in 1243.
Wednesday 13th September, Howff Cemetery, Meadowside, 12 and 1pm. Numbers limited to book tel 0138 2434494.
Originally the garden of the Greyfriars Monastery, Mary Queen of Scots founded this earliest of Scottish civic burial grounds in 1564. Called the "Howff" or meeting place where the Trades met, explore 400 years of Dundee's history in stone.
Thursday 14th September, Roodyards Cemetery, Roodyards Rd,1pm
The site of another mediaeval chapel, this ground, usually locked, holds the remains of the Baxter family of Balgavies and the Guthrie family of Taybank.
Friday 15th September, Broughty Ferry Old, Church Street, 1pm
Yet another site of a mediaeval chapel, this small gem of a burial site is usually hidden from public view and contains references to the seafarers who were buried here.
Monday 18th September, St Peter's kirkyard, Perth Road, 1 pm
By popular demand this small area will be included in this year's programme. Opened with the church in 1836, it includes the remains of Rev Robert Murray McCheyne, the famous preacher
Fife Grave Stones Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Saturday 11 November 2006
The conference is organised by Kirkcaldy Civic Society, Fife Mining Heritage Society, Fife Family History Society and St Andrews Heritage Services. The day will offer a series of illustrated lectures and exhibitions. Speakers include Hamish Brown, Edwina Proudfoot, Dr Susan Buckham and Colin McQueen. For Tickets (£15 lunch inc.) and information contact Ann Watters 01592 266 361 at 17 Townsend Crescent, Kirkcaldy or Mary Hall 01592 265 992, 166 Massereene Road, Kirkcaldy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . The School of Nursing and Midwifery is located on Forth Avenue, adjacent to Kirkcaldy Station.
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Launch of new cemetery evening class
Ronnie Scott, a cemetery historian and chairman of the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis, will be teaching an evening class as Glasgow University from October 2006. This will consist of five classroom sessions and three guided tours of three cemeteries. The classes promise to be entertaining as well as educational, and will cover the origins and development of the city's cemeteries, and look at themes such as architecture and sculpture, town planning, public health, religious belief, funeral customs, conservation and family history. For further details please see the Glasgow University website
Page last updated August 2006