ANGUS Heritage’s new ‘Historic Kirkyard Trails’ is an invaluable guide to many of the incredibly interesting parish kirkyards throughout Angus.
These include the Buchanan Stone at Logie Pert Kirkyard, with its fabulously intricate medieval carving of the Circle of Life.
“There are some fantastic rural and town kirkyards in Angus,” said Fiona Scharlau, Archives Manager, Angus Council.
She explained that the guide includes a map showing where the historic kirkyards are located, advice about what to look for in each kirkyard, as well as a list of symbols commonly found on local gravestones – and what they mean.
Councillor Alex King, Depute Provost of Angus, said: “Featuring kirkyards from Fowlis to Edzell and from Arbroath to Cortachy, Historic Kirkyard Trails will encourage local people and visitors to get out and about across Angus, whether they’re looking for the final resting place of their ancestors or simply enjoy discovering more about the heritage and history of our county.”
Two of the historic Angus kirkyards will feature in Angus Heritage Week, a celebration of the built, natural and cultural heritage of Angus. This key Angus Council tourism initiative to increase the number of visitors to Angus is taking place from September 7 to 14, and is the first festival of its kind.
“On September 13, the Angus Archives will hold a tour of Arbroath Abbey Kirkyard at 10.30 and then Monikie Kirkyard at 2pm,” said Fiona, who will be leading both tours. “During these free, guided tours, I’ll explain the symbols on the stones, highlighting a few fabulous gravestones and sharing some of the stories of the characters buried there.”
Historic Kirkyard Trails is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus or visit www.angusheritage.com.
To find out more about Angus Heritage and Angus Heritage Week, including booking places on the free Historic Kirkyards Guided Tours on September 13, visit www.angusheritage.com