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These memorials are generally dated after 1855 so are not normally to be found in MI volumes.

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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.

 

 

  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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The burial ground on the west side of Constitution Road was purchased by the town in 1835 and opened in 1836 as an extension to the Howff a few hundred yards away. although closed to interments before 1882, inscriptions there recorded deaths from 1883 to 1935. In 1962 it was demolished to make way for a multi-story car park and for a dual carriageway, only a few monuments on the west wall remain, and can be viewed from the remaining inscriptions link opposite.

Also available are 270 additional inscriptions which were originally recorded during the 1960 by Sydney Cramer and have been reproduced here with kind permission of Dundee City Archives.

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The image below shows how the New Howff cemetery appeared while in use ( date is unknown )

Image is reproduced with permission of Dundee City Archives. 

Image showing how the area looks today.