Old Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh

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The Old Calton Burial Ground is a graveyard at Calton Hill, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the north-east of the city centre. The burial ground was opened in 1718, and is the resting place of several notable Scots, including philosopher David Hume, scientist John Playfair, rival publishers William Blackwood and Archibald Constable, and clergyman Dr Robert Candlish. It is also the site of the Political Martyrs' Monument, an obelisk erected to the memory of a number of political reformers, and Scotland's American Civil War Memorial.The burial ground was altered following the construction of Waterloo Place in 1819, which divided the graveyard into two sections. Along with Edinburgh's other historic graveyards, Old Calton is managed by City of Edinburgh Council. The burial ground, including screen walls, and its monuments are protected as a category A listed building.HistoryThe villagers of Calton, a village at the western base of Calton Hill, buried their dead at South Leith Parish Church. This was so inconvenient that, in 1718, the Society of the Incorporated Trades of Calton bought a half acre of ground at a cost of £1013 from Lord Balmerino, the feudal superior of the land, for use as a burial ground for the village. Permission was granted for an access road, originally known as High Calton and now the street called Calton Hill, up the steep hill from the village to the burial ground.
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  • Odd little old cemetery with mysteriously a statue of Lincoln. Worth a look, on the way up to the observatory.  more »
  • The cemetery was established in 1718 on a hill overlooking Old Town Edinburgh. An obelisk that looks like a smaller version of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC is one of the most prominent to...  more »
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  • Well maintained cemetery. Quiet and poetic place.
  • Secluded but very well maintained and picturesque cemetery near the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.
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