Holy Rude Kirkyard Free Space page

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Holy Rude Kirkyard

See the Wikipedia page for Church of the Holy Rude - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Rude


GPS Coordinates: 56.1209890, -3.9452400
Mar Place


The church of Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after Stirling Castle.

The cemetery became severely overcrowded with new interments disturbing old ones. As a result an extension was built which became known as Valley Cemetery or Mars Wark Cemetery. A separate freespace page has been added for Valley Cemetery.

The oldest burials in Stirling are in the old section - Holy Rude Kirkyard. Within the graveyard is a stone depicting a body snatching. This marked the theft of the body of Mary Stevenson (1767-1822) by the local gravedigger who had actually buried Mary only two days earlier on 16 November 1822. He was helped in the body snatching by a friend, Daniel Mitchell (this version of the story according to Wikipedia). Her body was intended for dissection but they were caught and Mary's body was re-interred. The two grave robbers were released from custody due to legal technicalities, which created a large local disturbance.

Notable Interments

  • Rev Alexander Beith
  • John Cowane, founder of Cowane's Hospital
  • David Doig
  • Rev Henry Drummond
  • Rev George Mure Smith, theological author
  • William Honeyman Gillespie, theological author
  • William Marshall founder of the Marshall Trust
  • Rev Prof John MacMillan
  • Charles Randolph, engineer and shipbuilder, co-founder of Randolph & Elliott
  • Major William Henry Peddie of 21st Royal North British Fusiliers, and Fort Major: Stirling Castle


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