Burke and Hare Murder Dolls National Museum Scotland

Found in the ‘Daith Comes In’ gallery at Scotland’s National Museum, the Edinburgh miniature coffins or Burke & Hare murder dolls still have a sense of mystery

Memento Mori Greyfriars Kirkyard

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

Grave of Seath Mor St Tuchaldus Rothiemurchus Scottish Highlands

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.

Dunblane Cathedral via National Library Scotland

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 …

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Escape The Past The Anatomist Escape Room Edinburgh

In a city where cadavers were once the hottest commodity, anything relating to the dark art of body snatching and providing corpses for the 19th century dissecting table was always going to pique my interest.

Discover body snatching and haunted graveyards in the Scottish Borders on this short road trip around Jedburgh

Body Snatching in Strathspey The Edge of the Scottish Highlands

Take yourself off on a mini roadtrip travelling around Strathspey to discover two body snatching sites on the very edge of the Scottish Highlands

Body snatching around the A75 Scotlands Haunted Road

Take a trip along the A75 in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland’s most haunted road and discover some forgotten body snatching tales and darker graveyards along the way

Watch house at St Bridgets Kirk Dalgety Bay

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.

Mortsafes at Cluny Aberdeenshire

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?

Mortsafes at Kinnernnie Cemetery Aberdeenshire

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 …

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St Cuthbert's watchtower Edinburgh Source unknown

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.

Three anatomical dissections taking place in an attic Coloured lithograph by T C Wilson after a pen and wash drawing by T Rowlandson.

  Someone once said to me ” a season for body snatching, who knew”, and I agree, not many do, which is why I decided to write a post dedicated to this ‘season’ and to discover why it was so important for body snatchers to be active in the colder winter months. A cadaver, big …

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Resurrection Men 1792. Courtesy of the British Museum

Someone had to supply cadavers to the anatomy schools of Edinburgh beofre Burke and Hare came on the scene. It’s time to meet Edinburgh’s real body snatchers