Vale of Leven Cemetery :: Shared Description

The cemetery is located at the foot of the hills to the west of Alexandria, and the first interment took place here in August of 1881. The land for the cemetery had been purchased from P.B.Smollett of Bonhill (Patrick Boyle Smollett, second son of Admiral John Rouet Smollett). The cemetery was laid out in 1880 according to the plans of James Wilson of Greenock, and the work was carried out by Boyle and Tonner, contractors from Johnstone.

The lodge at the entrance of the cemetery was built by William Barlas of Alexandria, and the entrance gates themselves were made by Glasgow's Saracen Foundry [reference for all of the above information: Donald MacLeod's "Historic Families, Notable People, and Memorabilia of the Lennox" (1891)].

The entrance gates themselves, as well as some of the memorials in the cemetery, are category B listed. A listed building report provides further information: LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland).

The cemetery, as originally laid out in 1880, was wholly located to the north of the burn, and provided 2831 lairs. When additional ground was purchased in 1898, this increased the number of lairs to 4895.

There have been several more extensions since then, which have added ground lying to the south of the burn (in fact, the greater part of the cemetery's area now lies to the south of the burn); the burn itself is crossed by two bridges within the cemetery.
by Lairich Rig
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NS3879 : Main entrance of Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Lumsden of Arden Memorial by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery: the upper bridge by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Memorial to Robert Ritchie by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Newlands/Waterson Memorial by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery: the lower bridge by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery: the upper bridge by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Memorial to Donald MacFarlane by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Campbell of Tullichewan Memorial by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : McNaught Memorial by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Kinloch Memorial by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Gate leading into Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Memorial to Coll McDiarmid by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Prentice Memorials by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig
NS3879 : Gate leading into Vale of Leven Cemetery by Lairich Rig


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Created: Mon, 21 Nov 2011, Updated: Thu, 7 Apr 2016

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