Category: Deciphering Headstones

Cadaver Stones

Cadaver Stone in Stamullen

Cadaver stones were often laid over the tombs of the wealthy during the times of the plague (14th and 15th centuries). They are designed to show what happens to our bodies once buried, hence the opened funeral shroud. A number…

Howff Cemetery in Dundee

OMNES EODEM COGIMUR translates to WE ARE ALL DRAWN TO THE SAME PLACE

I was recently contacted by Georgia Goodman, a student studying art and design at Dundee University. A recent project she had to undertake as part of her studies involved creating a guide for the wonderful city of Dundee and she’s…

Flaybrick Hill Egyptian Tomb

The Victorian age was marked by discovery! Scientists and missionaries set off around the globe bringing back stories of far-away lands and ancient cultures. The discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone in the mid-19th century unlocked the secrets of…

Memento Mori Headstone Help

This striking Memento Mori headstone pictured below was taken at St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh.   There are elements of this image that we haven’t worked out yet. We don’t know what is above the hourglass and it looks like a modern day light bulb,…

Deciphering a Masonic Grave

Mark and I came across this wonderful headstone in the graveyard of Bakewell Parish Church in the heart of the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire. It’s a clear example of a headstone with a meaning as it has a story to…

Meaning of Skeleton on Grave

On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I was amazed at the Memento Mori headstones that I found in Greyfriar’s Churchyard, but the headstones I found in St Cuthbert’s graveyard are simply the best that I’ve ever seen.  The graveyard mortality symbols carved into these magnificent and beautiful headstones led me to write up…