Glasgow Necropolis

Today, I escorted a group from Scandinavia around Glasgow Necropolis., a site which has become a visitor attraction in its own right.

Summary information:

  • Necropolis translates as ‘city of the dead’. Here there are 50,000 burials of which only 3500 are marked by memorials or headstones.
  • The site is close to Glasgow Cathedral but is not connected with it.
  • Location is close to where Glasgow has its origins, about 1500 years ago. An early Christian missionary named St Kentigern (or St Mungo) established an early church nearby.
  • As a burial ground, the site dates from 1838 when it was opened to accommodate rising mortality as a function of Glasgow’s ballooning population as a consequence of growth of heavy industry during the Industrial Revolution.
  • The site is multi-denominational, including a small section for persons of the Jewish faith.
  • Many of the mausloea and grave-markers are elaborate and reflect the wealth of a high status segment of 19th century Glasgow society comprising academics, church ministers, local government dignitaries, manufacturers and others.
  • Designs of many of the monuments have been influenced by the architecture of ancient Greece, which was popular in the 19th century.

Robert Black Mausoleum

John Dick Monument

Holdsworth Mausoleum

Wilson Mausoleum

Charles Tennant Memorial

Monteath Mausoleum