In Scottish Kirkyards author Dane Love shows how the social history of a
whole parish can be recorded in a single plot of land. Kirkyards have often
been greatly underrated as places of historical importance, offering, as
they do, a wealth of information to visitors and local historians. Within
them one can find Pictish symbol stones, medieval sculpture, eighteenthcentury
folk-art and ruins of ancient kirk buildings.
Dane Love investigates kirkyards from all over Scotland, revealing some
of the many stories hidden within them. He looks at the role of the kirkyard
in the Scottish community, from being the parish market-place where law
breakers were imprisoned to the days when the body snatchers stole
corpses and to more peaceful times as kirkyards were regarded as
‘gardens of death’ by Victorians.
Meanings of carvings on the tombs are explained and the traditional burial
customs of Scotland are described. The book also includes a useful
appendix which shows the visitor where to look for the graves of famous
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dane Love was born in Cumnock. He is Honorary Secretary of the
Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association and a committee member of
Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.
He has written a number of highly acclaimed books, including Scottish
Ghosts, Ayrshire: Discovering a County and Ayr Past and Present.
He lives in Auchinleck.
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