Edinburgh World Heritage

St. John's Peace Garden

The Peace Garden just outside is well worth a visit, as a tranquil green space with many interesting memorials.

Buried in the Peace Garden are the famous painter Sir Henry Raeburn and Anne Rutherford, who was the mother of Sir Walter Scott. There is also James Donaldson, a bookseller and publisher who left a fortune when he died and founded the Donaldson Hospital for the Deaf.

Another interesting memorial commemorates Mrs Lesley Cumming, who once inspired Robert Burns to write his poem Bonnie Lesley.

But look out for the grave of Malvina Wells, in a corner on the east side of the graveyard.

Her headstone records that she was born a slave in the West Indies in 1805. She entered the service of the MacLean family when she was still a child, and remained with them for over 70 years, finally passing away in 1882.

The headstone clearly shows that she was a well respected and valued member of the household.

Download a leaflet to find out more about the memorials in the graveyard.

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