I don’t typically visit cemeteries because my mother always used to say she wasn’t sure if a ghost might follow us home.
She was only half kidding since she grew up in a haunted house in Indiana.
I get that some of you might not believe such things.
But that’s OK.
However, my personal life experience is such that I have some trepidations about the possibility of inviting a spirit home with me.
Cemetery Location and History.
From the Glasgow Cathedral, you could see the Necropolis rising up on the hill.
The hill on which the Necropolis stands was purchased by the Glasgow Merchant’s House in 1651. After being planted with Fir trees, it was known as Fir Park.
In 1831, the Merchant’s’ House decided that its use would be best as Glasgow’s version of the Pére Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, and so the Victorian Cemetery began.
It would become known as Glasgow’s Necropolis.
The entrance to the Necropolis is reached by crossing the “Bridge of Sighs”, likely named this due to the fact that funeral processions crossed it to reach the burial grounds.
The Necropolis covers 37 acres. In 1966, the Merchants’ House gave the Necropolis to the Glasgow City Council.
Since the Necropolis is located East of the Glasgow (or St. Mungo) Cathedral, as you climb the hill you can look back for magnificent views of the Cathedral.
By 1831, Glasgow’s population had grown from 70,000 to 200,00.
There are many impressive monuments due to the wealth of some of the city’s merchants.
One of which is the mausoleum built for Major Archibald Douglas Monteath. He served in the East India Company before returning to Glasgow. His body was interred in 1842.
The mausoleum was modeled on the Church of St. Sepulchre in Cambridge.
As you climb up the Necropolis, the sweeping views of the city of Glasgow become more and more impressive.
However, we were quickly walking through, mainly looking for any surnames affiliated with our genealogy.
But we still took moments to stop and admire the detailed architecture of the monuments located inside of the Necropolis.
Many of them were designed by renowned architects of the time.
Climbing higher still, the top of the hill is the location of the John Knox Monument. Interestingly, he is not buried below the monument, but under a car park in Edinburgh.
John Knox Statue.
This was the first statue of John Knox to be erected in Scotland and it sits on the second highest hill in Scotland.
I would have loved to have stayed with those who had gathered for what was sure to be an epic sunset of the city, but our time here was short as we needed to meet up with my aunt for dinner.
Also, I would have missed all the murals!
But, there’s always next time!
Have you visited any cemeteries?
Which is your favorite?
I also visited Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. You can check that out here.
Let your light shine!