The Old Memorials at the graves in Monikie Kirkyard, in Angus, Scotland.
This page was last revised on - 09 December, 2014
Monikie Kirkyard is well- known for its rich display and variety of the symbolism used on memorials over the years. There are examples of several trades and professions represented by various icons, as well as angels, skulls, bones, and other imagery relating to life and death - mortality and immortality.
It has been suggested that it was not unknown for the stone-masons who carved the inscriptions to be unable to read and write, and apparent examples of this can be witnessed at Monikie. The inscription would, probably, have been written by a Clerk or Kirk Minister, on paper, and given to the mason to copy. Some examples show beautiful 'copper-plate' 'writings' on the stones. Other examples are of misspellings and poor letter-spacing. This all adds to the charm, but also adds to the complexity, of reading and researching the inscriptions.
The numbering system originally devised for the indexing of the stones has also proved to be somewhat of a problem. The S.G.S. effectively collected information only from stones with pre-1855 data, whereas it appears that W.D.C. collected all information, at least in theory. Both numbering systems 'agree' to start from the far West side, but the first stone is the most Northward in relation to their particular list. In the case of W.D.C. this was marked <Row 1 Stone 1> and each row, moving eastwards is incremented as <1, 2, 3,> with the position in the row reading southwards. The S.G.S. numbering system seems really quite chaotic, by comparison. The first entry for a pre-1855 stone is numbered 1, followed by 2, etc. - but the first stone recorded by the S.G.S. is the third from the top in the first row which was 1-3 on the W.D.C. list. The S.G.S. numbering system continued for certain stones all the way DOWN to the foot of the first row, but the numbering then continues UP the next row, and down the next! If ALL stones had been recorded by S.G.S. this would have made the task of matching the entries easier, but the S.G.S. only allocated numbers to the stones THEY noted, so there are random gaps throughout.
A NEW reference system, which has been standardised by Tay Valley Family History Society surveys for other kirkyards that they have recorded , has been introduced viz.- lettered rows and numbered stones.
In time it is hoped to publish a plan on this website showing the rows (and possibly the numbers) in the new manner -any surveyors out there?
Formerly, from this webpage, researchers were able to download a database of the inscriptions, but this has been replaced by the online webpage.
Please email the webmaster if you wish to comment on this page or this website - I look forward to your contribution.
You can read much
more detail about Scottish Gravestones
|Also, from the Historic Scotland website, http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk a selection of papers which could be of interest: -
Carved Stones in Scotland - Electronic Leaflets
A series of advice leaflets
in PDF format.
(click the logo to get a free download of Acrobat Reader.)
in a Scheduled or Listed Graveyard or Burial Ground [37kb]
Good Practice in Maintaining a Historic Graveyard [39kb]
Looking After Gravestones [35kb]
Health & Safety Guide: Visitors and Owners [145kb]
Health & Safety Guide: Works Teams, Volunteers and Volunteer Surveyors [731kb]
Historic Scotland Grants in Relation to Graveyards or Burial Grounds [30kb]
Abandoned Structures Within Graveyards [33kb]
"In the quiet of evening,
Read here of the Monikie and Newbigging Churches.
A synopsis of the years for information which is publicly available from Old Parish Records for Monikie.
Lists of information about the deceased, extracted from the Old Parish Records for Monikie.
INTEREST ¤ FAMILY HISTORY INTEREST
¤ NEWBIGGING INTEREST ¤ ARLENE'S
LISTS ¤ LOCAL BUSINESS ¤ 'DOWN
CHURCH PAGES ¤ CHURCH MAGAZINE ¤ OLD BOOK EXTRACTS ¤ STIRLING SURNAME ¤ MONIKIE MEMORIAL HALL ¤ 'THE MONIKIE STORY'
WEB PAGES LIST ¤ SEARCH THIS WEBSITE ¤ HOMEPAGE ¤ CONTACT & EMAIL
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