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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 Please note that bookings will close at midday on the day prior to each tour.

For more details contact City Archives, 1 Shore Terrace, tel 01382 434494 or

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 . The School of Nursing and Midwifery is located on Forth Avenue, adjacent to Kirkcaldy Station.



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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