A Long Overdue Visit To Greyfriars Kirkyard

Posted on

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never visited Greyfriars Kirkyard during the 3 years I’ve lived in Edinburgh. Had I known what an intriguingly beautiful place it is I would’ve taken my camera and headed there ages ago. It took a visit from my parents to finally venture inside the gates and even inside the Kirk. Funnily enough my work took me there again the following day!

The graveyard was established in 1561-62 and is most famous for being the final resting place of night watchman John Gray and his loyal skye terrier known as Greyfriars Bobby who spent the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave – 14 years in total. Bobby got his own statue and grave in front of the church as that is an unconsecrated patch.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is said to be haunted by the Mackenzie Poltergeist, with hundreds of reports of attacks and sightings of the entity…The haunted tomb, the Black Mausoleum, has been exorcised twice without success. You can see the mausoleum in the 4th last photo.

Hope I didn’t creep you out too much! Here are a few snaps from my two recent visits, enjoy!

bobbybobbysgravegreyfriarskirkyards greyfriars gravesandtree greyfriarsedinburgh graveyardedinburgh thehub greyfriarscemetery skulldetailongrave flags grassmarket daffodils mackenziemausoleumEdinburgh flowersinbars cross reflections

The graveyard is in the Old Town, just across the street from the National Museum of Scotland. Although it’s such a pretty place I don’t think I’d like to live in one of the houses surrounding the graveyard…

x Nina x