Larbert Old Parish Churchyard
14 September 2019
Adjacent to the parish church is a burial ground
whose magnificent monuments neatly encapsulate
the advent of the Industrial Revolution in Scotland.
They are dominated by those relating to the Carron
Ironworks, which was established in 1759. The large
edifices to its managers range from an Italianate
tomb, to a huge urned column and a Roman temple.
Cast iron features strongly throughout the graveyard
with elaborate railings and obelisks.
The Carron Enclosure contains beautiful examples
of public art, including two tombs designed by John
Hutchison of Edinburgh, one of the most famous
sculptors of the late 19th century.
In its own separate enclosure stood the earliest
cast iron funerary obelisk anywhere in the world. It
commemorates the most famous Scottish explorer
of his generation, as recorded on its panels:
“James Bruce esq of Kinnaird,/ who died on the
27th of April 1794,/ in the 64th year of his age/ his life was spent performing/ useful, and splendid
actions/ he explored many distant regions./ He
discovered the fountains of the Nile./ He traversed
the deserts of Nubia.”
The monument was so famous that Roberts Burns paid a visit to it.
The graveyard is open all the year round, but over this weekend there will be guided tours.