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Aberdeen Graveyards - St Peters Churchyard

 

The present day St Peters churchyard is in fact an amalgam of three parts.  The original medieval grounds at the rear of the site, with new ground opened in 1833, followed by a further extension to the south in 1884.

The result of this is a wide distinctive range of stones and layouts covering a number of centuries - all in one graveyard! The original graveyard (medieval) site contains approximately 1300 stones while the larger cemetery has about 4500. There are approximately 23,000 individuals listed between them both. As you can imagine, with this background, there is a wide and varied spectrum of people to be found in this resting place and there are many fascinating stories related by some of the stones. A quick walk round will soon reveal many interesting snippets.

Located on King Street and bounded by Merkland Road, Spital and Orchard Road, this churchyard is to the north of the city centre.  Parking is difficult, but with luck you can usually find a space on Merkland Road or the Spital.  Weekends easier than weekdays.

This is a beautiful place with many mature trees - though some trimming is required as a number of stones are 'disappearing' beneath the branches and some spots are very dark indeed. The grounds are otherwise in immaculate condition, with only a few of the older stones of the graveyard toppled and/or vandalised. This cemetery also suffered bomb damage during WWII and some stones still show the effects of shrapnel. These are found in the SE corner of the old graveyard and over the wall in the adjoining modern cemetery. Pathways are mostly tarred and going is easy underfoot.

Of particular interest within the graveyard is the large mausoleum dedicated to the Moir family of Scotstown. Also of note is the memorial to that of Bishop Skinner who consecrated Bishop Samuel Seabury. Bishop Seabury was instrumental in introducing the Episcopalian faith to America. Of a more modern vain is the grave of  James Lee Fraser, victim of the sinking of the ship Titanic.

Well worth a visit, with interesting stones to be found throughout. A number of worthies are buried there (including many leading granite merchants) and I guarantee you will want to find out more about them.  

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War memorial at the main entrance to St Peters Churchyard