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Temple’s Old Kirk Graveyard

Just back from a visit to Scotland where there are a multitude of century old cemeteries just waiting to be photographed and documented.


The village of Temple in Midlothian, Scotland is named after the famous military order of the Knights Templar. The Order of the Temple was founded to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land against attack by the Saracens.

The ruins of the old parish church date from the early 14th century. The late Gothic tracery can still be seen with animals carved at both ends of the mouldings above the windows.

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In the churchyard are many interesting headstones including the memorial to the farmer at Outerston, John Craig, who died in 1742. He is shown in his best clothing and with his children.
Here Lyes John Craig / Farmer In Outerston / Who Died April 23 1742 / Aged 68 Years ~ Also / His Son William / Craig Late Farmer In / Outerston illegible Who Died 1799

This gravestone contains symbols representing tools used in the trade of Masonry (the builder); a compass, a ruler, a hand brace and a hammer.

Another gravestone with Masonic tools; a compass, a square and three blocks, one of which has a nail at the top which may represent a hinge.

Erected / In Memory Of / Andrew Murray / Who Died illegible Aged Illegible / Also Mary Melrose His Wife / Who Died illegible / Agnes Murray Their Daughter / Who Died Illegible / illegible Murray Their Son

In / Fond / Remembrance / Of / Wee Ian / Beloved Son Of / Frank & Isabella Bain / Who Died At Fountainside / 7th October 1925, Aged 5 ½ Months