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Edinburgh, Calton Road, Calton New Burial Ground

Burial Ground (19th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Calton Road, Calton New Burial Ground

Classification Burial Ground (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Regent Road; Calton New Burying Ground

Canmore ID 87708

Site Number NT27SE 595

NGR NT 26647 74011

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/87708

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 595.00 26647 74011

NT27SE 595.01 26588 74010 Watchtower

INVENTORY OF GRAVEYARD AND CEMETERY SITES IN SCOTLAND REFERENCE:

Address: New Calton Burial Ground, Regent Road, Edinburgh

Postcode: EH8 8DP

Status: Closed for burials but maintained

Size: 1.21 hectares, 2.98 acres

TOIDs:

Number of gravestones: Not known

Earliest gravestone: Not known

Most recent gravestone: Not known

Description: Early municipal burial ground opened 1820, with watch tower.

Data Sources: OS MasterMap checked 20 September 2005; Bereavement Services Portal checked 20 September 2005

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 595.00 26647 74011

NT27SE 595.01 26588 74010 Watchtower

NMRS Print Room.

Edinburgh, Regent Road, Calton Burial Ground. Lincoln Monument.

Inglis Photograph Collection, Acc No 1994/90.

2 views of the monument and statue of Abraham Lincoln in memory of Scottish-American soldiers. (3 prints).

Activities

Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (http://www.pmsa.org.uk/) set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (30 October 2000)

Large marble relief composed of a central panel depicting Misfortune soothed by Wisdom: a draped seated male figure on the left, having his right hand held by an older standing male in profile on the right. The central panel is flanked by two naked mourning youths leaning on extinguished vertical torches. A profile head of Andrew Skene is on the entablature above. The outer sides and top corners are decorated with elaborate scrolls. There is a tall narrow vase supported by a shell/leaf-like console beneath each youth.

There are initials (?) to the right of the old man's feet (very worn).

Inscriptions : Under central panel (incised letters): MISFORTUNE SOOTHED BY WISDOM

On lower stone (incised letters centred):

TO THE MEMORY OF / ANDREW SKENE / SON OF DR. GEORGE SKENE PHYSICIAN IN ABERDEEN / BORN 26TH FEB. 1784 (?) / ENTERED THE FACULTY OF ADVOCATES 14TH JUNE 1806 (?) / SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR SCOTLAND 3RD NOVr 1834 (?) / DIED 2ND APRIL 1835 / A MARK OF AFFECTION AND GRATITUDE

To right of right vase:

PATRIC PARK

Sculptor

Signatures : Bottom right corner: PATRIC PARK / Sculptor

Design period : 1835-1836 (?)

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0165)

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