Published by Amberley Books
96 pages fully illustrated
Publication Date 15th October
Greyfriars Graveyard by Charlotte Golledge takes the reader on a tour through the world-famous Edinburgh burial ground from its earliest beginnings to the present day. This well-researched and extensively illustrated book looks at the symbolism on many of the historic gravestones, and tells the story of some of the people buried there.
Greyfriars has many spectacular seventeenth century monuments and the author looks in detail at the monuments themselves and the inscriptions and symbols on them. Along the way, she dispels incorrect myths such as the one that a skull and crossbones denoted the grave of a pirate or plague victim; it is simply a Memento Mori – a reminder that death comes to us all.
No story of Greyfriars could be complete with mentioning Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal little dog who allegedly stayed by the grave of his late master for fourteen years, until his own death. The statue of Greyfriars Bobby just outside the graveyard is a very popular tourist attraction, and I’m glad to see a timely reminder in the book NOT to rub Bobby’s nose!
As someone with a great love of Edinburgh’s historic graveyards, I found this book interesting and very well-written, and it’s a worthy addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in Edinburgh history.
Greyfriars Graveyard is published by Amberley Publishing on 15 October 2018.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
BOOK SIGNING by Charlotte Golledge
Monday 22nd October