|One of the famous people we found was the author of Wee Willie Winkie - how lovely that someone who wrote nursery rhymes is commemorated.|
There are some amazing memorials and the architecture very over the top in some cases. It was obviously the last chance for people to show off how important they were, though not a lot different when it comes down to it.
|I took a picture of Ken walking past a big memorial so that you can get a sense of the size|
|I like these two pictures as you can see the city and modern life beyond the peace of the historic memorials|
As you wander round you read lots of interesting epitaphs, and see some amazing carvings on the headstones and memorials. One of the most popular themes is the Celtic cross and Celtic patterns - a selection of memorials below.
These two (above and below) are absolutely huge - you could nearly live in them. They must have been very influential families as they dominate the space they're in.
I loved this Angel - someone had put a fresh pink carnations in her hand (they must have been very tall as I couldn't reach it) which made it look even more magical. There were lots of angels, as would be expected, though some were quite ugly - I've only included the attractive ones.
For those who are interested, the upside down torch (pictured above) is a symbol of life being extinguished so features a lot in Victorian cemeteries. The symbology in graveyards is very interesting (to sad people like me).
The tomb below was by far the biggest - beautiful carvings and I love the colour of stone that has been used. I think this family were very rich and important as it sits in an area alone on the edge of the hill looking out over the city.
The next two pics show more of the graveyard, the lower level, and the view of Glasgow Cathedral from the necropolis.
That's it for today - I hope you've enjoyed a look around a part of Glasgow that not many people may choose to visit.
Until next time, stay safe, keep smiling, and visit your nearest old graveyard - you might be surprised by what you find.
Pamela and Ken
P.S: One of the slightly less attractive angels/cherubs.