Charlotte Golledge will be launching her first book ‘Greyfriars Graveyard’ on the 22nd of October where she will be talking a little about her book, doing Q and A and giving people the opportunity to buy signed copies of ‘Greyfriars Graveyard’. The event is being held at the beautiful Greyfriars Kirk situated in the graveyard so after the launch people will have the chance to see the graveyard in all its glory and put some of their new found knowledge to the test identifying symbols on the stones etc….you never know Charlotte may even do a short tour of the graveyard weather depending.
When Greyfriars Graveyard opened in Edinburgh in the sixteenth century, built on the site of a Franciscan monastery on the edge of the Old Town below the castle, it became Edinburgh’s most important burial site. Over the centuries many of Edinburgh’s leading figures have been buried at Greyfriars, alongside many more ordinary folk, and it is home to a spectacular collection of post-Reformation monuments.
In this book, local historian Charlotte Golledge takes the reader on a tour around Greyfriars Graveyard to reveal the history of the cemetery, from when James I granted the land as a monastery to the present day. She explores the huge variety of its monuments and gravestones and explains the symbolism behind the stones and carvings and how the styles changed over the years. Through this, she paints a remarkable picture of life and death in Edinburgh over the centuries, which will appeal to both residents and visitors to the Scottish capital.