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Death in Modern Scotland, 1855–1955

Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices


Edited By Susan Buckham, Peter C. Jupp and Julie Rugg

The period 1855 to 1955 was pivotal for modern Scottish death culture. Within art and literature death was a familiar companion, with its imagined presence charting the fears and expectations behind the public face of mortality. Framing new concepts of the afterlife became a task for both theologians and literary figures, both before and after the Great War. At the same time, medical and legal developments began to shift mortality into the realms of regulation and control. This interdisciplinary collection draws from the fields of art, literature, social history, religion, demography, legal history and architectural and landscape history. The essays employ a range of methodologies and materials – visual, statistical, archival and literary – to illustrate the richness of the primary sources for studying death in Scotland. They highlight a number of intersecting themes, including spirituality and the afterlife, the impact of war, materiality and the disposal of the body, providing new perspectives on how attitudes towards death have affected human behaviour on both personal and public levels, and throwing into relief some of the unique features of Scottish society.
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10. Landscaping for the Dead: The Garden Cemetery Movement in Dundee and Angus


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10. Landscaping for the Dead: The Garden Cemetery Movement in Dundee and Angus1


This paper sets out to examine the origins and development of the nineteenth century Garden Cemetery Movement in Scotland, focusing particular attention on surviving documentary and field evidence from Dundee and Angus. Consideration is given to the people involved in the movement, and to some of the influences upon them. In this part of Scotland, at least, the creation of garden cemeteries can be seen to have brought together individuals with a range of skills in civil engineering, architecture and gardening, drawing them into what soon became a specialised field of cemetery design.

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