A graveyard in a blink of an eye
I already explained that I’m kind of a nerd when we speak about cemeteries. A graveyard is one of the places that I really like to visit when I go to a new city, it can at the same time give us some peace and some grief, and show us a bit of the city’s history.
Edinburgh is – for me – one of the best places to wander through them – and it was also the first one where I did it.
This image brings me back to the time where I’ve discovered some interesting stories about Edinburgh:
- Do you know that JK Rowling used a lot of imagery of Edinburgh in the Harry Potter books?
- Tom Riddle’s grave – also known as Lord Voldemort – is on one of Edinburgh’s graveyards – it seems that she used to write in a cafe next to Greyfriarskirk, and used to research some names.
- Another thing that someone told me while I was wandering through one of the graveyards, was that even Hogwarts was based in a building that is just across the wall.
- There are so many ghost stories in Edinburgh that some of them have to be based on some very interesting true facts. Obviously, those are normally a bit romanticized, but, nevertheless, it’s one of the things that makes this kind of story interesting.
- After the Covenants revolt, George Mackenzie, also known as Bloody Mackenzie, put 400 prisoners in a walled part of Greyfriars kirkyard, the biggest problem, there was barely any kind of walls and ceiling and you can imagine winter in Edinburgh. The result: more than half of them died during that winter – obviously, they’re still over there haunting the graveyard.
- And then, just a couple of meters away, it’s the Mackenzie Mausoleum, regarding which exist so many reports of paranormal activity, that one starts to doubt if they’re only imagination, or if they’re somehow real.
- Still on Greyfriars Kirkyard: there’s a story – based on true facts – that due to the size of the graveyard, at some point in time soil from other places in Edinburgh was brought to cover the yard and create more space. It went basically on the same way as the rest of Edinburgh, if there’s no more space they would go either up or down. So it seems that although we only see a couple of hundreds of graves, there are at least 4 times more people buried there.
- And one of the most interesting beautiful, or even inspiring, is the one about Greyfriars Bobby – A dog that stayed next to his owner’s grave since he was buried until his death 14 years later.
Looking at this picture, I can see all these stories, the broken headstone is able to show me how old the graveyard is, and how many stories lie below his ground.