Stones: South Leith churchyard, part one
There’s a well-used shortcut through the kirkyard of South Leith Parish Church from the Kirkgate, a busy pedestrian area, to Constitution Street. It’s a pleasant place to be on a sunny afternoon when there are people about. I passed through one day last autumn on my way to nursery pickup, had a short chat with a couple of men from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who were doing some maintenance work, and took a few minutes to wander around with my camera.
These photos are a slightly random selection of whatever caught my eye. There are lots of Victorian stones in the churchyard, but I’m not so keen on those as I am on the earlier ones, with their carved imagery relating to trade guilds and 18th-century symbols of mortality. South Leith has a lower proportion of mariners’ graves than the nearby North Leith burial ground, but there are sundry prosperous merchants, maltmen, fleshers, printers, booksellers and so on, along with their families. I have too many photos to fit in a single post, so I’ll upload the rest later on.
The database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has an informative page about the South Leith Church site, with lots of photographs of the building and its surroundings.
Here lies interred
His parents rear’d his
Tho he left us
We hope to meet
Ne’r to be parted