Edinburgh World Heritage - Old Calton Burying Ground


Old Calton Burying Ground

This site is unusual as it was not established by an ecclesiastical body, but by the Incorporated Trades of Calton. Laid out in 1718, the graveyard was later divided in two by the construction of Waterloo Place in 1817. Its resulting layout in two parts, is highly significant as evidence of the development of the New Town and Calton Hill area.

The burial ground contains approximately 412 headstones, monuments, tombs and other structures dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. These are of exceptional quality, including three nationally important monuments; the Lincoln Statue, Martyr’s Monument and Hume’s Mausoleum. The site contains several 18th century headstones with well-executed trade and mortality carvings.

Download a documentary survey of the history and development of Calton Old Burial Ground (PDF | 404 KB)



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