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The Howff, Dundee

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The Howff is a burial ground in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Established in 1564, it has one of the most important collections of tombstones in Scotland, and is protected as a category A listed building.HistoryThe land of the burial ground was part of the Franciscan (Greyfriars) Monastery until the Scottish Reformation. In 1564 Mary, Queen of Scots granted the land to the burgh of Dundee, for use as a burial ground. It was used for meetings by the Dundee Incorporated Trades, and subsequently became known as The Howff, from the Scots word howff meaning a meeting place. Meetings at The Howff ceased in 1776. The last burial took place in 1857. The walls along the west side date from 1601.BurialsBurials at The Howff include: David Lindsay, 1st Earl of Crawford (c.1360-1407), interred in the now destroyed pre-reformation Greyfriars kirk. James Chalmers (1782–1853), inventor of the adhesive postage stamp John Glas (1695–1773), clergyman and founder of the Glasite movement George Duncan (politician)
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  • Originally the site of a Medieval Monastery gifted by Mary, Queen of Scots to the Town as a Burial site. There are many old graves and some of the big Burial slabe are later and contemporary with the ...  more »
  • I'm not a person who's put off by cemeteries. This is the oldest cemetery in Dundee, so I often wander through it when I'm in the town, or just want some peace & quiet.  more »
  • I've noticed this cemetary quite a few times throughout my visits to Dundee whilst my daughter has attended University. Only ventured in once with respect. Well maintained and historical.  more »
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  • Lovely place, thank goodness the Local council can't do anything nasty with it, and glad who ever it was did not get permission for a resteraunt.
  • My husband was helping to survey the graveyard with a team of volunteers from the conservation team. Beautiful place of calm with interesting gravestones and history.
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  • Interesting wee area of calm in the middle of the town centre.
  • Interesting to wander round as part of the Dark Dundee tour

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