Dalry Cemetery

A historic garden cemetery & wildlife haven
in Dalry, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Map of Dalry Cemetery and surrounding areas
© City of Edinburgh Council Bereavement | Used with permission

History

After a cholera epidemic in 1832 strained Edinburgh's already overfilled cemeteries, the Metropolitan Cemetery Association was set up in 1844 - as a profit-making enterprise - intent on building new, picturesque “garden cemeteries” with catacombs. Dalry Necropolis was built in 1846 on land purchased from the Walker family of Dalry House. It was designed by David Cousin (1809 - 1878), who also designed Warriston (1842), Dean (1845), Rosebank (1846), and Newington Cemetery (1846). After falling into disrepair, it was acquired by the City of Edinburgh Council via compulsory purchase order in 1987.
The Dalry Necropolis... is decidedly the most tasteful in Edinburgh. The whole has a picturesque and antique aspect, well supported by catacombs of striking outline, and a gate-lodge with a lofty Gothic arch.
The Builder: Volume 4 (1846)
Calotype of entrance to Dalry Cemetery
Dalry Road entrance showing original arch (taken ca. 1846 - 1858)
© 2005 National Library of Scotland | CC BY 4.0
Calotype probably by James Francis Montgomery (1818 - 1897), who probably founded the world's first photography club.

Residents

Burial records for Dalry Cemetery cover 5,500 plots and 26,775 burials, but most are unmarked.

James Burnes

(1780 - 1852)
Provost of Montrose
Painting of James Burnes
© ANGUSalive | CC BY-NC 4.0
Painting by James Irvine (1833–1889)

Sir Alexander Burnes

(1805 – 1841)
Explorer & diplomat
Drawing of Sir Alexander Burnes
© National Portrait Gallery, London | CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Drawing by William Brockedon (1787 - 1854)

Alexander Gillespie

(1776 - 1859)
Surgeon
Photo of Alexander Gillespie
© The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Photo by unknown photographer

Charles McIntosh

(1794 - 1864)
Gardener & horticulturalist
Engraving of Charles McIntosh
© 2020 Thomas Dorn, ABAA | Used with permission
Engraving by unknown artist

Sir Neil Douglas

(1779 - 1853)
British Army officer & Waterloo veteran
Painting of Sir Neil Douglas
© National Galleries Scotland | CC BY-NC 3.0
Painting by Sir John Watson Gordon (1788 – 1864)
Photography by Antonia Reeve

Sir John Douglas

(1817 - 1888)
British Army officer
Painting of Sir John Douglas
© The Highlanders' Museum | CC BY-NC 4.0
Painting by unknown artist

George MacCallum

(1840 - 1868)
Sculptor
Painting of George MacCallum
© National Galleries Scotland | CC BY-NC 3.0
Painting by unknown artist

Jessie Smith Jamieson

(1888 - 1918)
Territorial Force Nursing Service
Photo of Jessie Smith Jamieson
© IWM WWC H19-22 | IWM Non Commercial Licence

Thomas Baillie

(1858 - 1937)
Railwayman
Photo of Thomas Baillie
© Alan Baillie | Used with permission

Alexander Lockhart Simpson

(1785 - 1861)
Church of Scotland minister

George Cupples

(1822 - 1891)
Journalist & writer
Image of George Cupples
© 2020 Bryn Wayte / Deeside Books | Used with permission

Anne Jane Cupples

(1839 - 1896)
Writer & science populariser

John Stevenson Rhind

(1859 - 1937)
Sculptor

Dr. James T. R. Ritchie

(1908 - 1998)
Teacher, collector & writer

Daniel Muirhead

(1754 - 1860)
Centenarian

David Kerr

(1814 - 1858)
Sculptor

James George Eddington

(1825 - 1854)
British Army officer & Crimean War dead

Edward William Eddington

(1838 - 1854)
British Army officer & Crimean War dead

David Hamilton

(1803 - 1863)
Organist, inventor & organ builder

Peter Devine

(1820 - 1875)
Miniature painter & photographer

Benjamin McCall Barbour

(1865 - 1943)
Preacher & publisher

Frederick Ramsey Walker

(1882 - 1917)
British Army officer

Plants

Wildflowers

Photo of Cow Parsley
Cow Parsley
(Anthriscus sylvestris)
Photo of Dandelion
Dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale)
Photo of Common Daisy
Common Daisy
(Bellis perennis)
Photo of Green Alkanet
Green Alkanet
(Pentaglottis sempervirens)
Photo of Red Campion
Red Campion
(Silene dioica)
Photo of Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Buttercup
(Ranunculus acris)
Photo of Common Bluebell
Common Bluebell
(Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Photo of White Dead-nettle
White Dead-nettle
(Lamium album)
Photo of Red Dead-nettle
Red Dead-nettle
(Lamium purpureum)
Photo of Common Sorrel
Common Sorrel
(Rumex acetosa)
Photo of Bramble
Bramble
(Rubus fruticosus)
Photo of Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle
(Urtica dioica)
Photo of Herb-Robert
Herb-Robert
(Geranium robertianum)
Photo of Prickly Sow-Thistle
Prickly Sow-Thistle
(Sonchus asper)
Photo of Spear Thistle
Spear Thistle
(Cirsium vulgare)
Photo of Speedwell
Speedwell
Photo of Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard
(Alliaria petiolata)
Photo of Cuckoo Flower
Cuckoo Flower
(Cardamine pratensis)
Photo of Few-flowered Garlic
Few-flowered Garlic
(Allium paradoxum)
Photo of Groundsel
Groundsel
Senecio vulgaris
Photo of Wood Avens
Wood Avens
(Geum urbanum)
Photo of Pink Purslane
Pink Purslane
(Claytonia sibirica)
Photo of Ground Elder
Ground Elder
(Aegopodium podagraria)
Photo of Cleavers
Cleavers
Galium aparine

Other

Photo of Ivy
Ivy
(Hedera helix)
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Aucuba
Photo of Golden Privet
Golden Privet
(Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum')

Trees

Ash
Elm
Weeping elm
Holly
Laburnum
Lime
Sycamore
Whitebeam
Hawthorn
Crab apple
Elder

Wildlife

Birds

Photo of Dunnock
Dunnock
(Prunella modularis)
Photo of Robin
Robin
(Erithacus rubecula)
Photo of Blackbird
Blackbird
(Turdus merula)
Photo of Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon
(Columba palumbus)
Photo of Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit
(Aegithalos caudatus)
Photo of Blackcap
Blackcap
(Sylvia atricapilla)
Photo of Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
(Phylloscopus collybita)
Photo of Blue Tit
Blue Tit
(Cyanistes caeruleus)
Photo of Great Tit
Great Tit
(Parus major)
Photo of Magpie
Magpie
(Pica pica)
Photo of Wren
Wren
(Troglodytes troglodytes)
Photo of Jackdaw
Jackdaw
(Coloeus monedula)
Photo of Greenfinch
Greenfinch
(Chloris chloris)
Photo of Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
(Phylloscopus trochilus)
Photo of Goldfinch
Goldfinch
(Carduelis carduelis)
Photo of Chaffinch
Chaffinch
(Fringilla coelebs)
Photo of Bullfinch
Bullfinch
(Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Photo of Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
(Accipiter nisus)
Photo of Song Trush
Song Thrush
(Turdus philomelos)
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Mammals

Grey squirrel
Red fox
Brown rat

Links

Council survey (2007)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Find A Grave
Historic Environment Scotland
Canmore

Blogs

Schietree (2013)
Unregarded Edinburgh (2013)
John Paton's Family Tree Stuff (2014) | Part 2 (2015)
Stephen Orr (2019)
Walking without a donkey (2020)
friends@dalrycemetery.co.uk
Friends of Dalry Cemetery