Located to the south-east of the
town of Laurencekirk this is the modern replacement for the original
Churchyard situated closer to the town centre. Owned and maintained by
Aberdeenshire Council these grounds are quickly being used up with about
half the available space already marked with monuments. Presently there
are approximately 1100 memorials naming about 3000 individuals. The
earliest date I found mentioned on the stones was 1862 but the vast
majority relate to late 20th century through to the present time.
There are some splendid old memorials near the entrance most of which
are in very good condition. Moving further into the cemetery the
memorials become smaller reflecting the general trend for less ornate
memorials in more recent years. As usual the stones are a reflection on
the local stone available - in this case a number of shades of grey
The grounds are in excellent condition with well tended grass, gravel
paths and a good range of shrubs and trees to add visual interest.
Despite the south-west side of the cemetery being close to the main
trunk road and the opposite side being close to houses this is a very
quite place and with the thoughtful addition of some bench seating it is
a real pleasure to visit on a warm sunny day.
Parking is easy on a small access road next to the entrance. While
visiting this cemetery please take a few minutes to visit the war
memorial just a minute or two away from the entrance. Considering the
small size of Laurencekirk this memorial is very imposing and covered on
one side with the names of those who fell during two World Wars.
Well worth a visit - with some surprising old stones within the
cemetery - and a beautiful granite war memorial just outside.
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