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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

Location

GPS Coordinates: 56.1209890, -3.9452400
Mar Place
Stirling
Scotland

Background

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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