Ramshorn Cemetery

The Ramshorn Cemetery is a cemetery in Scotland and one of Glasgow's older burial grounds. It has had various names, both official and unofficial: North West Parish Kirkyard; St David's Kirkyard; and Ramshorn and Blackfriars. The latter name tells of its link to Blackfriars Church, linking in turn to the pre-Reformation connection to the Blackfriars Monastery in Glasgow.[1]

Ramshorn Cemetery, Glasgow
St David's Church and the entrance to Ramshorn Cemetery on Ingram Street, Glasgow

The burial ground was used from 1719 to 1915.[2] In the 20th century it was remodelled along the lines of the London Improvements Act, moving most stones to the perimeter to create a usable park area. Apart from some flat stones still remaining in-situ this has largely disconnected the stones to the actual spot of interment.

In 1813 the body of Janet McAlister was stolen from the graveyard, being found with 4 others in College Street Medical School.[3]

In 1824 the church of St David was built on its southern side, designed in a fine Gothic style by the English architect Thomas Rickman, with modifications by local architect James Cleland.[4]

The cemetery is effectively in three sections: the original cemetery; an enclosed central walled area where the old church stood; and two small walled sections flanking the new church. Unusually monuments adopt only two forms: wall monuments and flat slabs, other than a small row of small 18th-century stones upright but partly sunk into the ground, standing in a line to the north-east.

Despite its great simplicity, the majority of graves are to rich Glasgow merchants. The austere style is a hangover from Scottish Calvinist views.

Notable intermentsEdit

Other monumentsEdit

A memorial to the Canadian politician, John A. Macdonald born in Ramshorn Parish in 1815


  1. ^ "Blackfriar's Church - East End Glasgow History". glasgowhistory.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ "FREE Scottish family tree inscriptions and links from HappyHaggis". happyhaggis.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ "TheGlasgowStory: James Jeffray".
  4. ^ "Discover Glasgow - Religious - Ramshorn Kirk and Graveyard". discoverglasgow.org. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

Coordinates: 55°51′36″N 4°14′41″W / 55.8601°N 4.2447°W / 55.8601; -4.2447