Greyfriars Graveyard

A mural monument.

Greyfriars Graveyard is located in the Old Town section of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Established in 1601, I explored the burial site with my husband, Bud Carruthers on a recent trip. Given his Scottish heritage, he’d travelled to Scotland on prior occasions. This was my first visit to Scotland. As Greyfriars Graveyard is renowned for those buried here and the range of monuments, I was eager to explore the grounds.
Before beginning, I purchased Charlotte Colledge’s book in the gift shop of Greyfriars Kirk, a parish of the Church of Scotland. In Chapter One on page six, the author states “James 1 of Scotland granted the land to the friars of the Order of Francis of Assisi, known as the ‘Greyfriars’ due to the colour of their habits.” An excellent historical guide with a valuable map, it is an Amberley Publication and available for purchase on the company’s website

In addition, the website for Greyfriars Graveyard is
For those interested in learning about their Scottish roots, the website for The National Records of Scotland is



A mort safe.

A mausoleum.

A burial enclosure.

Tristram Clarke’s book is available for purchase on the website