Old & Spooky Graveyards in Edinburgh’s Old Town (Visited & Recommended)

Edinburgh’s graveyards are the oldest & spookiest in Scotland. Visit the Old Town for Greyfriars Kirkyard, the most haunted graveyard in the world and walk down the Royal Mile for Canongate, St Giles

Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh: The Ultimate Guide To Macabre & Spooky Graves

The Ultimate Guide to macabre & spooky graves in Greyfriars Kirkyard visit The Black Mausoleum, mortsafes and Covenanters Prison in the world’s most haunted graveyard

The Cursed Grave of Seath Mor

Five ‘homing stones’ stand on top of the cursed grave of Seath Mor. They were encased under a cage, designed to look like a mortsafe, in 1983 to protect people visiting the grave.

Hidden History of Dunblane Cathedral

The Hidden History of Dunblane Cathedral Dunblane Cathedral via National Galleries Scotland On the night of 8th June 1828, a body was stolen from the graveyard at Dunblane Cathedral in Stirlingshire, Scotland. There’s nothing so unusual about that. This was the height of the bodysnatching era so you’d expect to find a tale or two… Continue reading Hidden History of Dunblane Cathedral

5 Coastal Graveyards In Scotland With A Darker Past

I’m sharing with you my top five hidden coastal graveyards that, on first sight, may not look anything special, but if you know me, then you’ll know they’ll all be linked with the dark art of body snatching somewhere along the line.

Ever Wondered Why Some Graves Have Cages Over Them?

Wander into a graveyard and you may be lucky enough to see a grave with a cage over it. But what exactly was it used for?

Body Snatching In Lasswade Old Kirkyard, Midlothian, EH18

It took one word from the Miller woman in 1829 and a quiet Midlothian village was awash with resurrection men.

The Wardsend Body Snatching Scandal of 1862

On 3 June 1862 Sexton Isaac Howard was accused of exhuming cadavers and selling them to Sheffield Medical School. The Reality of his crimes however was much worse.

5 Ingenious Forms of Body Snatching Prevention

Some ingeneous forms of body snatching prevention were dreamt up during the body snatching era. In this post I look at my top 5 favourites.

7 Alternative Body Snatching Sites Outside Of Edinburgh

7 ALTERNATIVE BODY SNATCHING SITES OUTSIDE EDINBURGH If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I’m a body snatching historian, at least I think that’s what I’m called, and I LOVE all things related to this macabre topic.  I also believe there’s SO MUCH MORE to see in regards to body snatching history than the relics and stories… Continue reading 7 Alternative Body Snatching Sites Outside Of Edinburgh

Body Snatching | St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard, Edinburgh

Mention the watchtower and most people have probably finished with the graveyard’s darker links to the past, but there’s so much more than that if you care to step inside.

A Week In The Life Of A London Body Snatcher

 Life for a body snatcher was a whirlwind of activity, especially during the traditional dissecting months of October to May, more commonly known as the ‘dissecting season‘. During the ‘season’, demand for cadavers was at its highest and if you were a good supplier, then you could guarantee you’d be kept busy. London body snatchers… Continue reading A Week In The Life Of A London Body Snatcher

Mortsafes: After The Anatomy Act

On the 1st August 1832, Britain passed the Anatomy Act in an attempt to address the shortage of bodies available for medical tuition and to try to stem the exploits of body snatchers and the increasing violation of Britain’s graveyards. For nearly 100 years, Britain had been inventing ways to protect their loved ones and,… Continue reading Mortsafes: After The Anatomy Act

Mortsafes: Protecting Scotland’s Dead

Body snatching prevention doesn’t come more sturdy than a mortsafe. Iron cages placed over graves to protect your loved ones from the resurrection men.

Caged Lairs: No.1 in Body Snatching Prevention

Caged Lairs: No.1 in Body Snatching Prevention   Come across an iron cage in the middle of a churchyard and you’d be forgiven for wondering what it was. They were there to protect your loved ones from the clutches of the body snatcher and the threat of the anatomist’s table. Some are grand and some… Continue reading Caged Lairs: No.1 in Body Snatching Prevention

Mortstones: Protecting Yourself from the Resurrection Men

  By the early 1800s, professional resurrection men or body snatchers were starting to appear within our parishes. People were becoming nervous about burying their loved ones, believing that they would be targeted and taken for dissection as their backs were turned. Many body snatchers were adopting cunning methods in stealing a dead body for… Continue reading Mortstones: Protecting Yourself from the Resurrection Men

Eyemouth Watch House: Berwickshire

Cholera, a watch house and a shipping tragedy known to the locals as ‘Black Friday’ – Read the sad history of Eyemouth , a small fishing town in the Borders