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By KingBee
Good morning, and a very Happy New Year to everyone.

Today's image comes from the cemetery attached to St Mary's Church in Haddington, East Lothian.

Haddington is a very old county town. It was given a royal charter by King Robert the Bruce over 700 years ago, in 1318. The origin of the name Haddington is unknown, but earliest spellings are Hadynton (1098), and Hadintune, Hadingtoun, in the twelfth century. The St Mary's Church one sees today is not the original, whose construction commenced in 1380; but there is a strand of history which shows that there was a church on the site in 1242. Curiously, some of its long-term 'residents' - ie, those buried in the cemetery - appear to go back further than that, if the town's spelling on this gravestone is any indication. Of perhaps greater note, for me, at least, we have a gravestone which bears the words "This stone belongs to.....". I have long enjoyed wandering around old cemeteries for their historical interest but this is the first stone I've come across conveying clear information about ownership instead of the usual "Here lies...." or whatever. And to think I've lived in the town for 35 years. Must see what else I can dig up, if you'll pardon the pun.

Tags: Black and white East lothian St marys Haddington

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
3 Jan 2021 10:47AM
Real historical interest....burgers, but no fast food? 😁😁😁
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 10:47AM
Try to move it and you shall be hearing from my solicitors...
How extraordinary.
3 Jan 2021 11:32AM
Burgers Hadintoun - sounds a good takeaway 😀 I agree we can learn such a lot from early inscriptions. Curious possessive one here !

3 Jan 2021 12:35PM
I asked Google: Who owns a tombstone?
This is what I got:
"If a plot owner dies intestate, the rights to the plot pass to the heirs in the same manner that Personal Property passes in the absence of a will. A gravestone or marker is the personal property of the person who places it near a grave and its ownership is passed to this person's heirs."
p.s. a fine shot, beautifully processed, great write-up too
Minty805 Plus
5 42 9 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 1:14PM
An absorbing image, at once fascinating and quite creepy, as if you chanced upon it at night, by torchlight. I'm sure there are very many stories told in these inscriptions, and look forward to more.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
3 Jan 2021 2:07PM
Yes, very interesting indeed. Just don't try digging them up just shoot them.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 2:31PM

I really like to wander around old cemeteries. So much history. In one once where so many children were buried - whole families it looked like. Research revealed there had been an outbreak of dypyheria.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 10:16PM
Powerful mono composition and a great write up...
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