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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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This evening I am presenting some pictures and videos about Glasgow.

We went on a cycle ride today down Glasgow. We went to the market place called Barras, and visited the St Mungo Cathedral, where a wedding was proceeding, then down to the Chapel and the tomb of St Mungo, and to the Blackadder Aisle. We also went to the Necropolis and enjoyed the beautiful views up there. The Necropolis is the place where wealthy characters were burried in the 19th century. We aslo had the opportunity to cycle on the Squinty Bridge and the Millennium Bridge, and we took some pictures of the River Clyde, the BBC Scotland Building, The Science Centre Tower and the Armadillo, which is a conference centre.

The Glaswegian Bar


Barras Market Place

The Glasgow Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral

The Tomb of St Mungo

The Blackadder Aisle

Piper with traditional and ceremonial kilt during the wedding

Classic cars for the wedding

The Necropolis

The Squinty Bridge

View from the Squinty Bridge

The Crowne Plaza

The Science Centre Tower and the Millenium Bridge

The Armadillo

The BBC Scotland Building

Views from the Millenium Bridge

The Science Centre


View from the Necropolis

View from the Millenium Bridge

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This afternoon, I am posting some images of a small herd of Highland Cattle which are kept in Pollock Park, Glasgow.

This is an ancient breed with two root stocks, one red and one black. The red version appears the more dominant.

Highland Cattle are very hardy animals and seem to thrive on the high hills/mountains with poor pasture. They are well suited to Northen climates but are very slow to mature and hence are not popular with beef growers.

The animals are very placid and photogenic and hence popular with tourists.

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