Burial Grounds Search.

 

 

How to use the website.

Keyword searches can be made using the search box above. It is suggested that before you dive in and start searching, that you have a look through the surname listings, as these include variations of names as written on the memorials.

About The Angus Antiquarian, Burial Grounds.

Tombs of the Dundee Howff was a website I had conceived back in 2001, the aim of the site was to photograph and transcribe all the memorials within the Howff cemetery in Dundee, Scotland. To document the known history and perhaps uncover some not so well known facts and stories, and eventually to expand into other cemeteries. Due to various reasons the site was taken down, however as I am now working on various small projects and wished to place the results of such online it seemed to be prudent to once again share my past work.

In the future I will be adding more pre1855 memorials from other burial grounds within the Dundee area so that some more of Dundee's history can be told through the lives of the people from times past. The recording of inscriptions in the Howff was completed in 2015. All monuments visible and also those removed in antiquity or destroyed by the ravages of time have their inscriptions recorded here. Additional inscriptions and information obtained from other sources and some background stories have now been added to selected memorials, with more being added as time goes on.Those which are showing just a name entry are the details as recorded in an 1833-34 survey and the Register of Tombstones and Monuments in Dundee Burial Ground 1832 and no further information is available at present. The Howff survey contains 2079 individual entries. With the website total so far being 2924 individual memorial listings. I have been as accurate as possible throughout the project, however as with any task this size and dealing with vast amounts of information there may be the odd error. Thank you, and enjoy your visit :)

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff from the Wellgate Library here in Dundee for their tremendous assistance. Also many thanks to Iain Flett and staff from the Dundee City Archive, and also Innes Duffus honorary Archivist to the Nine Incorporated Trades. 

Darren Eyers FSA Scot.

The three images below show men and machinery in May 1963, involved with beginning the process of clearing the New Howff (Constitution Road) burying ground to make way for a tarmac carpark. This carpark was then replaced when the new ring road was constructed. The original exterior walls were retained some time after the cemetery was removed.

 

©DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Reproduced with kind permission.

©DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Reproduced with kind permission.

 

©DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Reproduced with kind permission.

 

 

 

A view of St Peter's church

Invergowrie Church, or, as it is now commonly called, Dargie Church, dedicated to St Peter stands on a small hill by the Invergowrie burn, it is not known for certain when, or even by whom, the church was built. It has been said that a church stood at Invergowrie as early as 431 A.D. However the tradition is that it was founded by Bonifacius Queretinus in the seventh century who was an Italian priest that came to Scotland with a view to bringing the Scottish Church to adopt the Roman customs. No trace of the original building remains with the current structure presumed to be medieval now standing on the site. The present day church is in ruins, however the masonry appears to be well preserved. Not very far from the end of the inner south wall a Pictish cross slab was built into it and is shown below.

 

Built also into the outside wall was another stone (above), on which is carved the figures of three men. The stones were removed in 1947 and donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Within the present building the south side of the church is the burial-place of the Clayhills of Invergowrie, with the north side being that of the Mylnes of Mylnefield. This section has an ornate iron gateway which is visible on the 1875 view of the building above and the photograph of the present gable below.

 

 

Black and white images: The Parish of Longforgan, A sketch of its Church and People by Rev. Adam Philip, M.A. 1875.

 

  St Aidan's Churchyard

Broughty Ferry

 

Saint Aidan was born in Ireland and died at Bamburgh in 651. He was a monk in Iona by 635, was later made a bishop in Northumbria and founded a monastery on Lindisfarne. The monks weren't allowed to build up wealth and had to share everything with the poor.

St Aidan's churchyard was in use from 1831 until the Balgay Cemetery was established at the western end of Dundee. The Parish church situated in the cemetery dates from around 1837.

Sidney Cramer made a listing of the pre 1855 tombstones in 1951, I have included these stones along with some of the later headstones. Sadly the cemetery is falling into disrepair due to the effects of vandalism, which includes pushed over headstones.

Rather than use Sidneys' numbering system which is a bit here there and everywhere I have numbered them from the top right hand corner of the cemetery working left to right up and down the rows. I have about 5 stones still to be photographed and transcribed and some tidying up to do on the inscriptions.