James Morton grave monument in Greyfriars Private Cemetery, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

James Morton grave monument: legible names and details

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James Morton
1581 first name on monumentMorton was at one time Chancellor under Mary Queen of Scots but he espoused the cause of the Reformers and strongly supported alliance with Protestant England rather than with Catholic France Regent of Scotland from 1572 to 1578 he tried to rebuild episcopacy on the basis of Knoxs system of superintendents His downfall was brought about the proFrench Duke of Lennox Beheaded by the Maiden a device similar to the later guillotine his body was buried in the kirkyard while his head was fixed to the City Gate A small pillar with the letters J E M marks the grave copying the wooden markers which were in use at the time


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Location of the above James Morton monument

Greyfriars Private Cemetery, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Greyfriars Private Cemetery, Edinburgh
Greyfriars Private Cemetery

Notes about Greyfriars Private Cemetery

Year established 1561 - 1562 Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot's School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars. The Kirkyard is operated by City of Edinburgh Council in liaison with a charitable trust, which is linked to but separate from the church. The Kirkyard and its monuments are protected as a category A listed building.

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