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The 5 best Glasgow Cemeteries
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Admire the Glasgow Necropolis
Situated on a hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Necropolis is a 37 acres Victorian cemetery where 50,000 individuals have been buried, and contains approximately 3,500 statues, mausoleums or sculptures.
It was initially built as a public park (Fir Park) and by 1832 a Jewish burial ground had been established in the north-west section. It was officially opened as a city of the dead in April 1833 located around a 1825 John Knox statue at the highest point in the park.
Taking inspiration from Paris’ Cimetière du Père Lachaise, this multi-faith cemetery reflects the Glasgow opulence at the time, with graves of merchants and other wealthy Glaswegians through informal paths and a multitude of different architectural styles.
50,000 souls, 3,500 monuments and 180 plant/ tree species.
Discover the Cathcart Cemetery
Opened in 1878, Cathcart Cemetery is situated in the Cathcart district, in the southern area of Glasgow. It is divided into two sections, the older section and the modern Linn extension, separated by a public road.
It contains gothic tombs, Romanesque and art-nouveau designs and even an Egyptian temple: the William and Mary Hood mausoleum, based upon the Philae Temple of Hathor. Some other notable burials are Madge Metcaffe, actress and mother of Stan Laurel, Hugh MacColl, a Scottish man who founded the Sevilla Football Club or John C. McKellar, famous tenement designer and builder.
The cemetery gatehouse was restored as a large family home, winning a Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award in 2011.
William and Mary Hood mausoleum.
Visit the Southern Necropolis
Opened on 21 July 1840, the Southern Necropolis is situated south of the River Clyde, in the Gorbals area. There are over 250,000 souls buried there.
It was established to meet the needs of the former village of Gorbals when a 1832 cholera outbreak collapsed the Old Gorbals Burial Ground, and as a copy of the project of the Necropolis by the cathedral that would be open to everyone, not just to wealthy people.
The solitary grand gatehouse gives access to the three sections, opened between 1840 to 1850: Central, opened in 1840; Eastern, opened in 1846; and the larger Western section, opened in 1850.
Within this cemetery, besides other notable interments, stands out the black marble tomb of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, architect.
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was buried there.
Go to the Ramshorn Cemetery
The Ramshorn Cemetery is one of Glasgow’s oldest burial grounds. Situated in the heart of the Merchant City district, it was used from 1719 to 1915.
In 1826 St David’s Paris Church was built at the graveyard to replace an earlier church, becoming known simply as the Ramshorn Kirk.
It contains the remains of many famous Glaswegians (specially rich Glasgow merchants) and the graveyard of Pierre Emile L’Angelier, who was poisoned with arsenic by Madeleine Smith. The majority of the graves are built in an austere style. Works in the 20th century moved most of the stones which are now disconnected from the actual spot of burial.
One of Glasgow’s oldest burial grounds.
See the Sighthill Cemetery
Opened originally in 1840, the 46 acres of the Sighthill cemetery are situated over a hill offering panoramic views of Glasgow.
The gateway to the cemetery has a modern iron gate and a small Greek temple. It contains the Martyr’s Monument, designed by James Leggat. Erected by public subscription in 1847, it was dedicated to John Baird and Andrew Hardie, the hanged leaders who demanded improvement in their working conditions during the 1820 Scottish Insurrection.