My dear friend Jeff is on a continuing mission to travel to all the ends of the earth. He returned from Scotland and sent me these photos from the Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. With his permission, I share them with you.
The grave of Greyfriar’s Bobby, a dog that stood watch over his owner after the man’s death. People bring the dog sticks.
Memento Mori: hand with bell, hourglass, crossed coffins, spade, mummified face, and crossbones.
The churchyard has watchtowers left over from the days of Burke and Hare. Guards would stand watch over the graveyard at night to foil grave robbers, who broke into new graves to steal corpses for dissection at Edinburgh’s Medical School.
You can see Jeff’s photos of his trip to Cuba earlier this year here.
See his photos of the graveyards of Croatia and Bosnia here.