TOLLCROSS CEMETERY

WHERE IS IT? In the Tollcross area in the East End, on Tollcross Road, accessible from the adjoining Corbett Street

Sandwiched into a small triangle of land that is now surrounded by modern houses, Tollcross Cemetery is, and possibly always has been, in a state of disrepair, with gravestones broken and the wall crumbling.



It is believed the cemetery, then known as Tollcross Burying Ground, was open in 1807, but records of the burials were lost, with the earliest recorded funeral taking place in 1879. Among the dead is William Miller, the author of the Scottish nursery rhyme “Wee Willie Winkie.” Despite the popularity of the children’s rhyme, Miller died penniless from an infected ulcer in his leg in 1872. Although a memorial as erected for him in the Necropolis, the writer and cabinet maker was buried in an unmarked family plot against the northern wall.



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