The author examines the role of the kirkyard in the Scottish community, from being the parish market-place where law-breakers were imprisoned in the 'jougs' to the days when the body-snatchers stole corpses and the more tranquil times when kirkyards became Victorian 'gardens of death'. He explains the meanings of carvings on the tombs, relates the traditional burial customs of Scotland, and shows the reader where to look for graves of the famous Scots.
‘Scottish Kirkyards’ shows how the social history of an entire area can be compressed into a single plot of land.
Contents:AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsIntroduction1. Early Times2. Place of Rest3. Funeral Custom4. Tombstone Symbolism5. Cause of Death6. Epitapherie7. Other Uses for Kirks and Kirkyards8. The Resurrectionists9. Kirkyard TablesAppendix: Notable Graves in Scottish KirkyardsBibliographyGlossaryIndex