Edinburgh World Heritage - St Cuthbert's Graveyard


St Cuthbert's Graveyard

The graveyard of the ‘Kirk below the Castle’ is an intrinsic part of the story of Christianity in Scotland from the Dark Ages onwards, and its establishment during the 8th century predates the first records. Despite its busy city centre location, the site feels secluded and secret.

The Kirkyard contains approximately 747 headstones, monuments, tombs and other structures. The watchtower is of historical importance as it provides evidence of changes to burial traditions during the late 18th and early 19th centuries arising from the practice of ‘bodysnatching’. An early area of the Kirkyard known as the ‘Knowe’ has an interesting and importantcollection of 18th century headstones.

Download a documentary survey of the history and development of St Cuthbert's Kirkyard (PDF |  443 KB)

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From the three year Twelve Monuments Project to the major restoration of Well Court.


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