Scottish Gravestones

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A series of image galleries of Scottish graveyards. They are located mostly in south-east Scotland, the Lothians and the Borders.

The focus is on early gravestones up to the mid 19th century especially those rich in carvings and regarded as examples of Scottish folk art. Some later headstones may be included if I found them interesting. I've also included war memorials and war graves as they are a particular interest.

Included are a few pictures of the churches, general views of the churchyards interesting examples of stone weathering, lichens etc. Also do not be suprised if you see pictures of nesting birds or cows peering over the kirkyard wall, not to mention a bagpipe playing pig!

This is not a genealogy site - for this there are many other excellent sites, start at

NEW July 2011

New galleries added:

Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh

New Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh

Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh

St. Abbs (Church only)

Longformacus, Berwickshire

Edrom, Berwickshire

Prestonpans, old cemetery

Morham, East Lothian

Additional images added:

Seton Collegiate Church, East Lothian


Scotfot's gravestone blog - it has a selection of interesting stones in a larger image size

For further study on Scottish graveyards visit

Further reading:

Understanding Scottish graveyards/Betty Willsher. Edinburgh : Council for Scottish Archaeology, 2005.

Stones: a guide to some remarkable eighteenth century gravestones / Betty Willsher and Doreen Hunter. Edinburgh : Canongate, 1978.

East Lothian gravestones / Islay Donaldson. East Lothian District Council, 1991.

Midlothian gravestones / Islay Donaldson. Midlothian District Library Service, 1994.

Ruins and remains: Edinburgh's neglected heritage / Anne Boyle et al. Scotland's Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh, 1985.

A Scottish graveyard miscellany: exploring the folk art of Scotland's gravestones / Hamish Brown. Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2008.

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