WHERE IS IT? At the intersection of Corkerhill Road and Mosspark Boulevard in the Cardonald area, southwest of the city centre
Cardonald Cemetery is the burial ground of 161 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War. This includes two unidentified seamen, buried among their comrades in the Section E War Graves plot.
Section E also includes a number of graves of prisoners of war, who were held at a camp near Johnstone Castle. Despite being far from the frontline, the city of Glasgow was far from immune to the reach of the Third Reich. As well as being home to a number of Scottish regiments, including the Highland Light Infantry, during both World Wars, it was also the target of an aggressive attack during the Blitz. On the 13th of March, 1941, German bombers struck the Clydeside shipyards, killing over 500 servicemen and civilians and destroying over 4,000 houses.
The bridge was designed by architect David Hamilton, who, along with his son James, also designed the main gates which grant access to the cemetery. The monuments and headstones swirl around the hill the site is built on up to the top, where a statue of famous Scots clergyman John Knox stands, predating the Necropolis by a decade.
Among the 50,000 people buried there, one of the most famous is Andrew McCall. While there is little information on McCall himself, the Celtic Cross that marks his final resting place is believed to be the first solo commission of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unfortunately, the cross was damaged during renovations to the Necropolis.
We recommend a morning viewing, as in the evening the smell of hops from the nearby Tennents Wellpark Brewery can be overwhelming.
While the park is free to enter, the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis run organised tours at the weekend. Please visit their website as the tour and books are a worthy investment.
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