Gravestones in the Botanics

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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby maccoinnich » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:21 am

Ronnie wrote:
maccoinnich wrote:Thanks for the suggestions - I may well try emailing them.


Any luck?


No, but I only just sent off the email. Will let you know.
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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby Ronnie » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:22 pm

Thanks, M.
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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby Alex Glass » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:54 pm

HollowHorn wrote:Recieved this from a friend in Australia:
Gees I am dredging the dim recesses of my memory here. I seem to rember that they were part of the "spoil" dug up during the excavations for a railway line in mid to late 1800s but I cannot be certain the bell ringing is far to faint



I spoke with someone today who has promised to try and find out more detail but HH's friend would appear to be on to something.

There is somewhere else where old grave stones ended up in a quarry but I need more information before I confirm the location

This was a common occurrence in the 1800's. I know of a burial ground in Newburgh, Fife where the stones were removed and put in a quarry. It wasn't to make way for houses, I am sure it was to place more burials in the grave yard.
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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby maccoinnich » Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:41 pm

Well, that's that solved.

Dear Mr MacKenzie

The gravestones came to the Botanic Gardens from the Southern Necropolis
in the 1950s and were badly damaged /broken at that time. Most of them
were used to build a wall on the south side of the Kibble Palace (now
removed) and a few have been used in other places around the Gardens. We
generally try to ensure that the wording is not exposed but need to
attend to this in the area near to the public toilets.

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General Manager - Botanic Gardens
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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby Ronnie » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:20 am

So, should we be looking for the original headstone of Alexander "Greek" Thomson, which "went missing" from the Southern Necropolis sometime last century ... is it part of a flower bed in the Botanics?

Seriously, though, has the council made a habit of stealing gravestones, whether broken or not, and reusing them in other contexts? Was this - and is this still - official policy? Or will people be disciplined?
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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby HollowHorn » Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:19 pm

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Re: Gravestones in the Botanics

Postby Alex Glass » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:36 pm

Ronnie wrote:So, should we be looking for the original headstone of Alexander "Greek" Thomson, which "went missing" from the Southern Necropolis sometime last century ... is it part of a flower bed in the Botanics?

Seriously, though, has the council made a habit of stealing gravestones, whether broken or not, and reusing them in other contexts? Was this - and is this still - official policy? Or will people be disciplined?


Given that it was done in the 1950 Ronnie it may be difficult finding the person responsible :wink:

As for it being current Council policy - I will be happy to seek clarification for you.
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