Photographer's Note

The Necropolis of Glasgow is a large graveyard occupying a low hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral. It has been described as a "unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was the second city of the Empire. It reflects the feeling of confidence and wealth and security of that time."

It is a memorial to the merchant patriarchs of the City and contains the remains of almost every eminent Glaswegian of its day. Monuments designed by leading Glaswegian architects including Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh adorn it. Their designs are executed by expert masons and sculptors who contributed ornate and sculptural detail of the finest quality.

Fifty thousand individuals have been buried here but, typically for the period, only a small percentage are named on monuments and not every grave has a stone. There are approximately 3,500 monuments.

Taken on a cold and snowy day last month from near the summit of the Necropolis and looking south, we can see some of the less flamboyant memorials here as well as a distant, misty and smoky view across the City of Glasgow.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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