|The small but perfect watch-house
My first impression of this site, was why would body snatchers row over to a Kirk that had possibly the best view in Scotland? Surely they could not have been that clever in ‘snatching’ and would clearly have been caught the minute they stepped foot on the shore – there was a watch-house for heavens sake!
|The view over the Forth
But perhaps this watch-house was to be used on occasion for another purpose altogether?
Due to the high demand for cadavers in Edinburgh, the beadles. who were meant to be watching over the dead and saving them from the clutches of the Resurrection Men, instead, or so legend says, used to signal across the Forth to bodysnatchers waiting on the other side, thus informing them of when a fresh corpse was ready for collection.
|Dalgety Bay – a fine watch-house
The chimney obviously suggests that there was a fire place inside the watch-house. Perhaps the beadles found it easier to collaborate with the body snatchers and stay warm and dry than try to protect freshly dug graves?
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