Old Aisle Cemetery
7 September 2019
Gravestones in the Old Aisle cemetery include Beatrice Clugston (local philanthropist), Alexander Bain (inventor of the electric clock and other pioneering innovations), John Ferguson (local politician and campaigner), the Aitken family (operators of passenger canal steamers on the Forth & Clyde Canal), Father Bonnyman (First post-Reformation Catholic priest in Kirkintilloch), David Gray (local poet) and John Green (English ganger murdered during the construction of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway).
For Door's Open Day there will be a guided Walk of the Cemetery, describing some of the most significant headstones, with biographical information on people buried there. There will be contributions on individual stones by different members of Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries.
There will also be an examination and description of the significant belfry at the entrance to the cemetery which was at one time occupied by local people overnight to watch for people trying to steal bodies for medical research; and a description of the site of the Spider Bridge which spanned part of the cemetery until 1987, with information on its history.