“The Glasgow Necrapolis, Scotland” by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited the Glasgow Necrapolis in Scotland some time back. It was  not a  bright day but there was sufficient light nonetheless. It is a large necropolis that covers an area of 37 acres (15 ha).A necropolis  is a large cemetery or burial ground, usually including structural tombs. The word comes from the Greek – nekropolis, literally meaning “city of the dead”. Apart from the occasional application of the word to modern cemeteries outside large towns, the term is chiefly used of burial grounds, near the centers of ancient civilizations, such as an abandoned city or town.


As the history goes in  1831, John Strang, Chamberlain at the Merchants’ House, wrote “Necropolis Glasguensis”, or “Thoughts on Death and Moral Stimulus” and commented: “The Fir Park appears admirably adapted for a Pere la Chaise, which would harmonise beautifully with the adjacent scenery, and constitute a solemn and appropriate appendage to the venerable structure (the Cathedral) in front of which, while it will afford a much wanted accommodation to the higher classes, would at the same time convert an unproductive property into a general and lucrative source of profit, to a charitable institution” it was to be “respectful to the dead, safe and sanitary to the living, dedicated to the Genius of Memory and to extend religious and moral feeling.”(source: http://www.glasgownecropolis.org/history.


There are stories of ghosts residing in this necroppolis. In fact now there is an organised ‘ghost walk’ also. For a fee of 10 GBP (5 for children) one is offered a one hour walk with the guide dressed in an appropriate costume. One is promised to be told all about  Glasgow’s ghosts, history, mysteries, and murders. It starts at 7.30pm from the Cathedral House Hotel within one minute from Glasgow Cathedral.Source: http://www.ghostwalksyork.com/glasgow.php).



William Miller, The Laureate of the Nursery, author of Wee Willie Winkle, born in Glasgow August 1810, died 20th August 1872.

glasgow-sept-2009-480-jpg-3James Watts, the famous inventor of the steam engine.



Grave of Charles Tennant (1768-1838). He  was a Scottish chemist and industrialist. He discoveredbleaching powder and founded an industrial dynasty.


Grave of Duncan Macfarlan. He was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University in 1823 at the age of 52


glasgow-sept-2009-023-480Photo by Anurag Chatrath

Text, photographs and copyright  by K.J.S.Chatrath

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