Greyfriars Kirkyard


Near the National Museum of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirkyard is a significant heritage site in the heart of the city. It has played a prominent role in many of the most notable chapters of Edinburgh and Scotland’s history.  Today it is a parish church and a world class concert venue.  The surrounding Kirkyard is the resting place of many prominent citizens and Greyfriar’s Kirkyard is steeped in history.  The former garden was approved for the usage as a burial ground in 1562 by Mary Queen of Scots. Perhaps the most famous resident of all is Greyfriar’s Bobby the loyal skye terrier who kept a fourteen year vigil on his masters grave, both dog and his master, John Gray are buried here. Since 1998, Greyfriars Churchyard has been the epicenter of an escalation of unexplained events linked to the ghost of Mackenzie; known as the Mackenzie Poltergeist. This graveyard has interested me since we talked about in in my Anthropology of Death class last semester.  My professor for that class has actually lived in Edinburgh for almost two years and talked extensively about how cool this place was to visit…that’s if you like that sort of thing.  Luckily, this place is just a quick eight minute walk from where we will be lodging.  I have googled the location and it’s just a couple of turns.  If anyone is interested in seeing a really cool cemetery feel free to come with me to check it out!



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