Old Church Graveyard

Published: 19 Sep 2020

In this video, we paid a visit to an old church graveyard located in Inverkip on the west coast of Scotland.

The cemetery is no longer an active burial ground but it does contain a lot of fairly impressive gravestones, for such a small cemetery. It is always interesting to get the chance to look at older gravestones from times gone by. They are so much grander than what we would expect to see in a currently used burial site.

The churchyard contains the mausoleum of the Shaw Stewart family who were local landowners and baronets. The mausoleum is the final resting place for many generations of the family.

It is also the final resting place of James Young (James "Paraffin" young) who is credited by inventing paraffin oil. He is buried alongside his wife (Mary Young) with an ornate memorial.

The grass in the cemetery is well looked after by the local council, but many of the headstones and graves have been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. It would be nice moving forward if there was an effort to preserve and maintain the remains of the churchyard.

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