Howff Cemetery

Howff Cemetery, Dundee

Howff Cemetery
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Bryan B
Derby, UK30 contributions
Interesting Place
Sep 2021
In 1564, with the land was given granted to the burgh of Dundee by Mary Queen of Scots herself. The Howff ( Meeting Place ) is a burial ground which holds some of the most important tombs in Scotland.
The nature of the ancient burials means the Howff is now treated as a public area .It is a popular place for office workers to escape the noise of the city centre
The Dundee trades persons gather at the tomb of a prominent member and one went to the Conveners Stone and then approached city's leaders. Only way to stop them feathering their own nests
Written September 15, 2021
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JyShrr
Scottish Highlands, UK40 contributions
Beautiful and characterful historic Cemetery
Aug 2021 • Couples
A brilliant historic cemetery right in the city centre with trees and flowers growing and park benches to unwind on. Very peaceful and beautiful.
Written August 12, 2021
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Laura E
Leeds, UK1,851 contributions
Peaceful spot
Sep 2020 • Couples
Really nice to link this to the stained glass window in the McManus. Lots of different grave stones to read and explore in a quiet and peaceful setting.
Written September 10, 2020
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Brian H
Dundee, UK13 contributions
a peaceful place to visit
Sep 2019
this historic Cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.it has some ancient graves.its a nice place to just sit on one of the benches to relax away from a busy city
Written August 26, 2020
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Granelaine
5 contributions
What an amazing hidden gem
Apr 2019
We visited The Howff when the magnolias were in full blossom. The history that can be learned from the headstones here is more moving than a history book but it is a place of calm in the midst of a busy city.
Written February 25, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,082 contributions
My favourite part of the city.
Oct 2019
This is our second visit to Dundee and this has been our favourite part of the city on both visits.

The Howff is a burial ground dating back to 1564 and, as you might expect of a cemetery that old, it simply oozes history and character.

Mary Queen of Scots granted the city this land for burials on the ruins of the older Grey Friars monastery, which was destroyed in 1548. No internments have been carried out here since 1857.

Until 1776, representatives of the Nine Trades of Dundee would traditionally meet within these grounds to discuss matters concerning their various crafts, and the term “howff” actually means “meeting place”.

Whilst looking round the gravestones this time I was struck by how many had the symbols of the skull and crossbones. As a child I romantically thought that this must mean that a pirate is buried here, but in actual fact the engraving of skull and crossbones on gravestones are simply “memento mori” inscriptions, usually from the 16th and 17th centuries, reminding us that we are all mortal and cannot escape death!

Another thing I was reminded of is the way that a deceased man’s wife is usually referred to on Scottish gravestones. In Scotland a married woman can legally be known by both her maiden name and her husband’s name, and on gravestones it is usually a woman’s maiden name that will appear and it will say something like “wife of John Smith”. This still happens to this day.
Thought you might like to know that!
Written October 6, 2019
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Ronnie S
Strathdon, UK1,369 contributions
Thanks to Mary Queen of Scots
Oct 2019
Queen Mary gave the land in 1564 for a burial plot. Howff is the auld word for enclosed plot. James Chalmers, inventor of the adhesive postage stamp is buried here. (sticks in the mind!)
Written October 5, 2019
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Steven V
Portsmouth, UK576 contributions
A tiny ancient graveyard in the middle of Dundee.
Aug 2019
There are some amazing old gravestones here. Some of them are in great condition considering the age of them.
My visit here had be doing some research on the skull and crossbones on a number of the stones.
A lovely spot of calm in the middle of the city.
Well worth a visit.
Written August 17, 2019
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cherminwil
Craftsbury Common, VT63 contributions
Lovely roses
Jul 2019 • Family
Interesting history as a cemetery but also a pleasant place to sit among the roses during a wlk around the city.
Written July 22, 2019
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Jean W
York, Australia73 contributions
Love this place
Apr 2019 • Couples
Always visit when in Dundee.
So peaceful and steeped in history.
If you are interested in old gravestones then this is the place to go.
Written April 3, 2019
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