This evening I am presenting some images of Glasgow’s Necropolis (City of the Dead).
This is a hallowed burial ground which contains the remains of some 50,000 people. It was built during Victorian times when Glasgow was the second city of the British Empire and houses memorials to the merchant patriarchs of the City. The elevation of the Necropolis also offers ( on a clear day) views of the valley of the Clyde bounded by the hills of Cowal, Kyle and Cunninghame.

During the 1830s Glasgow’s population mushroomed. This rising population was allied with outbreaks of typhus and cholera which resulted in the deaths of over 5000 people each year. There were concerns on hygiene grounds with the traditional practice of burying the increasing numbers of deceased within churchyards which led to the establishment of cemeteries such as the Necropolis.


View of burial monuments.

This is the Major Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum. It was designed in 1842 by David Cousin.


The following two images are of the entrance facade designed by John Bryce in 1836. This was intended as a magnificent gateway to a subterranean crypt housing tiers of vaults which would ensure safety form “body snatchers”.

A visit to the Necropolis is well worthwhile. Not only are the views superb ( on a good day) but the memorials provide the visitor with an insight into the lost world of Victorian Glasgow. A honeypot for ancestry researchers!

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