The Merchant's House was an influential body in Glasgow in the 1700s. They were responsible for benevolence and as such, they founded the Glasgow Necropolis. A garden cemetery where anyone could be buried regardless of social stature or religion.
These gates were originally built by T Edington & Sons and a few years ago, a descendant of T Edington visited the Necropolis and donated the money to have the gates restored to their original glory.
The Glasgow Crest represents St Mungo's 4 miracles:
The Superintendent's Home is just inside the gates of the Cemetery. No longer in use, it has fallen into disrepair
Listening attentively to Jannis
Crossing the Bridge of Sighs - leaving the World of the Living and Entering the World of the Dead
Bridge of Sighs
The Monteath Mausoleum is the latest restoration project of the Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis
Inverted lit torches are a symbol of death - lighting the afterlife
A draped urn - a common symbol. A long drape is meant to mean a long life although that wasn't always the case
Inverted Laurel Leaves another symbol of death
An hour glass with wings symbolizes that Time Has Run Out
A cracked plinth symbolizes a broken life - a life broken by death
These incomplete pillars are symbolic of lives that have been cut short
Part of the restoration is the addition of colour on the iron gates to some of the mausoluems. These show that the Victorians did not live in a black and white world, but were actually quite colourful.
The Jewish Cemetery within the Necropolis
Grave of Corlinda Lee, Queen of the Gypsies
Visitors have left coins on Corlinda's tombstone as a way to show they have paid their respect