KIRK LANE BURIAL GROUND
WHERE IS IT? South of the city centre in Pollokshaws district, a short distance from Pollokshaws West train station.
One of the oldest cemeteries in Glasgow, Kirk Lane provides an odd juxtaposition between the past and the present, with the small burial ground surrounded by modern housing, and a supermarket opposite its entrance.
The site originally had a church to accompany the cemetery, built by a group of seceders in 1764, a year after they split from the Church of Scotland, relocating to the Pollokshaws district. The graveyard was plotted a few years later in 1770 and became known as the Old Vennel (an old word meaning the passageway between two buildings). The church was knocked down after the congregation built a new one on the nearby Leckie Street in 1871.
The small burial ground and several of the gravestones from the 18th century have survived, although many are in poor condition. Among those buried there is Betty Thomson, the daughter of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns. She had lived in the Pollokshaws area with her soldier husband John. Their daughter Margaret went on to marry David Wingate, a Pollokshaws weaver and poet.
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