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St Mary Old Kirk Yard.

by janandpete218 Online Now Aug 6, 2006 at 10:44 AM

We visited the old kirk yard and was fasinated by the symbols on the graves can any body tell us the meanings of them ie skull skeltons and crossbows?? there was an timer of some discription we found Banff a loveley and fasinating place and hope to spend more time there when we come again to Scotland.

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    RE: St Mary Old Kirk Yard.

    by Maxus Online Now Aug 7, 2006 at 10:58 AM

    Our ancestors were fond of reminding each other of the mortality of man so the skull and crossbones, hourglasses and other symbols of death (sometimes with the words Memento Mori - remember you will die) were carved onto gravestones to remind visitors what was in store. These were often grim times and the Scots are not particularly noted for their light-hearted approach to matters of death and religion (although you will find these symbols in other parts of the UK).

    We have a resident historian/archaeologist in the forum who might enlighten you further, leics, where are you?

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