Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

15/3/2007

The Victorian Necropolis

The Necropolis was the first planned cemetery in Glasgow, and marked a new era in hygiene and sanitation. In common with other major Victorian cemeteries, it was designed as a botanic and sculpture garden to improve the morals and tastes of Glaswegians and act as a historical record of past greatness. In 1857 George Blair asked “Who is not made better and wiser by occasional intercourse with the tomb” and he hoped that visitors would be inspired with “a laudable ambition to imitate and emulate” those interred within. This “Dreamlike vision of Attic splendour on the hill by the Cathedral” has had many eminent admirers since its beginnings in 1832. In August 1849, during his visit to the Cathedral with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert “expressed himself delighted” at the sight of the Necropolis. More recently the painter LS Lowry considered it his favourite place in Glasgow. From the top of the Grey Rock, 225 feet above the Clyde, there is a magnificent view of the city and surrounding hills. for more click here

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