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Angus Heritage launches Historic Kirkyard Trail

25 July 2012

Angus Heritage launches Historic Kirkyard Trail

Angus Heritage has launched a new Historic Kirkyard Trail which profiles both rural and town kirkyards across Angus.

Angus Heritage has launched a new Historic Kirkyard Trail which profiles both rural and town kirkyards across Angus, several of which contain rare gravestone carvings. Fiona Scharlau, Archives Manager at Angus Council, said: Historic Kirkyard Trails is a wonderful introduction to this important, and often forgotten, part of our heritage. Several of the Angus kirkyards have gravestones featuring carvings of Adam and Eve, which are very rare, while Logie Pert kirkyard has the Buchanan Stone, with its fabulously medieval carving of the Circle of Life.

The trail was launched at St Vigeans Cemetery, one of the oldest Angus kirkyards, by Councillor Alex King, who commented: 'It's very fitting that this launch is taking place in St Vigeans as this was the original parish church of Arbroath and has been a site of great religious significance since Pictish times. Featuring kirkyards from Fowlis to Edzell and from Arbroath to Cortachy, Historic Kirkyard Trails will encourage local people and visitors to get out and about across Angus, whether they're looking for the final resting place of their ancestors or simply enjoy discovering more about the heritage and history of our county.'

Historic Kirkyards is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus. To find out more, visit the Angus Heritage website.

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