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Edinburgh, Warriston Road, Warriston Cemetery

Cemetery (19th Century), Commemorative Monument(S) (19th Century), Gate(S) (19th Century), Gate Pier(S) (19th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Warriston Road, Warriston Cemetery

Classification Cemetery (19th Century), Commemorative Monument(S) (19th Century), Gate(S) (19th Century), Gate Pier(S) (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Edinburgh Cemetery

Canmore ID 87712

Site Number NT27NE 154

NGR NT 25315 75641

NGR Description Centred NT 25315 75641

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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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

NT27NE 154.00 centred 25315 75641

NT27NE 154.01 25303 75808 Cemetery Extension

For Warriston Crematorium (NT 25454 75940), see NT27NE 874.00.

For railway bridge (over Warriston Road and at the Water of Leith) on the SE edge of the area of the cemetery (at NT 25265 75377), see NT27NE 596.

Warriston Cemetery [NAT] (at NT 2536 7555)

OS (GIS) AIB, May 2006.


N.B. This reference applies collectively to NT27NE 154.00 and NT27NE 154.01

Address: Warriston Cemetery, Warriston Road, Edinburgh

Postcode: EH3 5NE

Status: Not known

Size: Cemetery: 5.85 hectares, 14.45 acres; Cemetery Extension: 2.39 hectares, 5.92 acres


Number of gravestones: Not known

Earliest gravestone: Not known

Most recent gravestone: Not known

Description: Public cemetery opened 1842, extended 1905

Data Sources: OS MasterMap checked 20 September 2005

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Architecture Notes


Edinburgh, Warriston Cemetery.

Cemetry opened 1843.

Edinburgh, Warriston Cemetery.



Edinburgh, proposed crematorium, possibly Warriston.

Insc: 'Sketch View from South: proposed Edinburgh Crematorium'.

Perspective view of layout of grounds.

Presentation drawing - 11 1/4 x 19".



Pencil and watercolour on tracing, mounted on card.

Unavailable at time of upgrade 31.1.2000.

Edinburgh, Warriston Road, Warriston Cemetery.


Inglis Photograph Collection.

Crematorium and cloister - 3 prints.

Acc No 1994/90.

SMO E/65/1/1-2

Note by Louise Borham found with these collection items reading 'probably tombstone for Peter Miller's grandparent. Thomas Beattie was a sculptor much used Lorimer'.

(Undated0 information in NMRS.

Site Management (17 February 2009)

Irregular-plan cemetery with terrace, steps, serpentine paths, river-side walk, catacombs and neo-Tudor bridge, containing important architectural and sculptural monuments, including memorials to several illustrious citizens.

Founded in 1842 by the Edinburgh Cemetery Company (of which James Peddie WS, brother of John Dick Peddie, was a director), and known as The Edinburgh Cemetery, Warriston was one of a number of commercial cemeteries laid out in the mid 19th century by David Cousin. The Prospectus explains that 'the spread of education, and the dissemination of works of art and science... have led all classes to desire that the style, situation and the whole arrangement of Public Burial Grounds should be improved.' 'To the advantage of ground admirably adapted for the purpose, and laid out in a pleasing and appropriate manner,' were to be added 'greater facilities for all classes, especially the Poor,' and 'reduced expenses.'

A mortuary chapel (demolished by 1930) for the use of the Episcopalian community (for which drawings are in the Peddie and Kinnear archive in NMRS) was erected on the terrace above the catacombs. Drawings in the Peddie archive in NMRS indicate that the steps from the terrace in the SE corner were also designed by Peddie. (Historic Scotland)


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