Scottish Cemetery

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Date: 1841 [unknown]
Location: Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois

Also known as Argyle Cemetery, Scotch Argyle Cemetery, Scotch Cemetery, Willow Creek Cemetery
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Scottish Cemetery

Category: Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois


This free space page for the Scottish Cemetery is part of WikiTree's Illinois Cemeteries Project, and was created to document the life and times of our ancestors that are interred there. The Illinois Cemeteries Project is a subproject of the larger U.S. Cemeteries Project.

This page is a work in progress and will remain so unit there is a profile for everyone interred at this cemetery. If you know of a person interred at this cemetery that should be linked to an existing WikiTree profile or needs to to have a profile created for them, please contact Joelle for assistance. I plan to make a profile for everyone in the cemetery but that takes time. Profiles of those buried can be found here, Scottish Cemetery.


8761 Picken Road
Caledonia, IL 61011
Coordinate: 42.3769, -88.9411


John Greenlees Monument

In 1836 John Greenlees left Kintrye, Scotland where creditors were seeking to imprison him. He settled in Nothern Illinois and established a community of other Kintrye immigants that came to be known as the Scottish Settlement.

In June 1841, five year old Archie Picken, son of George Picken and Jane Brown died. His was the first death in the settlement. He was buried in a poplar grove on the family farm.

The first adult in the settlement to pass away was Jane Howie Giffen, who died later that same year. She was buried in an Oak grove on Robert Howie’s farm.

Later others were buried there as well. However there was no public road to this spot. In 1859 a cemetery was established. The remains of Archie, Jane and others were eventually moved to the new cemetery

Scottish Cemetery Association

In 1859 the Scottish Cemetery Association was formed. The first meeting of the Cemetery Association took place on the 19th of April 1859 in the schoolhouse in District No. 4 in the township of Harlem, commonly known as the West Lane School. Alexander Ralston was the Chairman.

The first officers of the Association were:

John Andrew, President
Alex Ralston, Secretary/Treasurer
Thomas Brown, Robert Smith, Edward Brown, Directors.

At this meeting the location of the cemetery was fixed at present burying grounds on the lands of George Picken and John Greenlee.

Cover of Program for 100th Anniversary, Scottish Cemetery Association

In 1959 they celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Cemetery Association. Harold Ralston has a transcription of the address given at the event: Scottish Cemetery Association of Willow Creek 1859 - 1959.

Scottish Cemetery

Presidents 1859-1959

Brown Memorial Chapel

Scottish Cemetery Chapel

The Brown Memorial Chapel was built in 1938, donated by William and Jeannette Brown in memory of their son Robert who died in 1937.


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