One of our key goals is to seek out and collate historic records relating to people buried at North Merchiston Cemetery and publish them here.
Our research volunteers are constantly updating and adding new records as information becomes available.
In the early 1840s, Edinburgh’s existing cemeteries and graveyards were overcrowded, unhealthy and dangerous, then the new garden style of cemetery became popular.
Learn about the history of North Merchiston Cemetery.
“The cemetery is an open space… covered in winter with violets and daisies.” Percy Shelley, Preface to Adonais (1891)
Percy Shelley’s description of a cemetery in Rome illustrates how a place associated with death and decay, can in fact be one where nature flourishes.