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Glencorse old parish church Mural monument commemorating Thomas Abernethie, d.1726; Corinthian pillasters flanking inscription panel. Arched tympanum filled by winged cherub, with a 'Green Man' mask a ...

SC 549706

Description Glencorse old parish church Mural monument commemorating Thomas Abernethie, d.1726; Corinthian pillasters flanking inscription panel. Arched tympanum filled by winged cherub, with a 'Green Man' mask at top.

Catalogue Number SC 549706

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 4039/13

Scope and Content Gravestone of Thomas Abernethy and family, Glencorse Old Kirk, Midlothian This gravestone commemorates Thomas Abernethy who died in 1727. A winged cherub fills the pediment, symbol of the soul's heavenward ascent. Above is a goblin-like Green Man, an emblem of renewal and regeneration. Beneath the inscription panel are symbols of death and mortality, including crossbones and an hourglass. 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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