Monday, March 24, 2008
In 1447 monks of the Franciscan Order came to Edinburgh and established a monastery here. They were medical missionaries working with the poor and remained until they were forced to flee to Europe at the time of the Reformation.The garden of the Greyfriars was given to the town by Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 as an overflow cemetery to relieve the overcrowding in the churchyard of St Giles.
Here are some closeups of some of the headstones in Greyfriars churchyard. I have always been fascinated by graveyards, and have visited lots all over the world, but I have never seen gravestones like these before. Most gravestones are about peace, heaven, angels etc, but never have I seen skeletons carved into the gravestones. I wonder what the beliefs behind these carvings are?