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Glencorse old parish church Detail of mural monument dedicated to James Innes, d.1677; 'Green Man' mask top, 'REMEMBER DEATH' legend, winged hourglass, winged cherub and skull gnawing a femur.

SC 549705

Description Glencorse old parish church Detail of mural monument dedicated to James Innes, d.1677; 'Green Man' mask top, 'REMEMBER DEATH' legend, winged hourglass, winged cherub and skull gnawing a femur.

Catalogue Number SC 549705

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 4039/12

Scope and Content Mural monument commemorating James Innes, Glencorse Old Kirk, Midlothian This monument commemorates James Innes who died in 1677. Themes of death and mortality are expressed by the emblems within the pediment. A winged hourglass and the 'Remember Death' inscription exhort us to consider our own mortality. At the very top is a shaggy browed Green Man, emblem of regeneration. Sometimes grotesque, cat-like or human, the foliate face of the Green Man appears in many medieval churches across Britain. Only in post-Reformation Scotland does the Green Man appear as a gravestone ornament, copied from those in churches and abbeys. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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