NT2573 : 17thC tombstone, Greyfriars Kirk

taken 14 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

17thC tombstone, Greyfriars Kirk
17thC tombstone, Greyfriars Kirk
Tombstone, bearing a 'memento mori' motif, on the wall of Greyfriars Kirk which opened for worship in 1620. It marks the grave of James Borthwick who joined the Incorporation of Surgeons in 1645, became its Deacon (president) and was appointed Britain's first professor of anatomy in 1650. He died in 1676. The following inscription was formerly displayed above the main entrance to the kirkyard in the Cowgate.

Remember Man, as thou goes by,
As thou art now, so once was I;
As I am now, so thou shalt be;
Remember Man, that thou must die*.

*pronounced 'dee' in Scots
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 May, 2007   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 May, 2009
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 256 732 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7959N 3:11.5520W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 256 732
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