In the language of Angels

Last week I wandered around Faslane cemetery: This post is dedicated to all those who lost their life in the accidental sinking of HMS K13, a steam-propelled submarine, on the … Continue reading In the language of Angels

The Crew Ship COLUMBO

In Faslane Cemetery, just by the gate, is this tombstone: It was erected by the widow of John  Reeve who died of Cholera on board of the Crew Ship Columbo … Continue reading The Crew Ship COLUMBO

The inscriber ran out of room

On the back of a tombstone in Humbie Churchyard I came across this inscription: You will notice that, in the second line, the inscriber ran out of room. Footnotes: *The … Continue reading The inscriber ran out of room

‘WE AL MUST PAS’

In Humbie Churchyard I came across this incredibly intricate and well-preserved 17c tombstone: This tombstone recalls the SKIRVING family of: At the bottom of the tombstone is this carved Angel: … Continue reading ‘WE AL MUST PAS’

STOBS

Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS

broken

This is an artistic film by a ‘modern ruin’. The film carries some of my recent adventure in and around Lothian. I found Dryden bridge broken (the house was long … Continue reading broken

‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

On 13th November 1881, George Stephen, Watchmaker, Comrie lost his spectacles [presumably going to, or coming from, church]: George Stephen would have been a ‘weel kent’ figure in Comrie given … Continue reading ‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

Shocking death at Bridge of Allan Station

When I was last up to Lecropt, and having time on my hands, I slowly wandered around a meadow of graves. I came across this one: Defaced by time I … Continue reading Shocking death at Bridge of Allan Station

DROWNED

In Airth churchyard I came across this collapsed tombstone. It is one of the saddest memorials that I have come across. It was erected by John Dick and Jean Cowie, … Continue reading DROWNED

Cringate

In St Ninian’s Churchyard, Stirling, among the many vandalised and toppled tombstones, you will come across a soot-black, monolithic, coffin tomb. It is the sort of tomb that Dracula might … Continue reading Cringate

Touch Hills

I have wandered through the Touch Hills with my friend Ian. From these hills you get a wonderful view of the Forth Valley. In the old churchyard of St Ninian’s, … Continue reading Touch Hills