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Holy Rude Churchyard
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

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Holy Rude Churchyard, Stirling, Scotland

GPS: 56.12084, -3.94531

St John St.
Stirling FK8 1ED
Scotland

Published: May 3, 2020
Total records: 21

Burials in Church of the Holy Rude are administered by Stirling Council, Scotland.

Cemetery History

Holy Rude Churchyard (Holy Rude Kirk) was the original burial ground in what is now known as Stirling's "Top of the Town". It is one of five cemeteries collectively known as, "Old Town Cemeteries". The other four are Valley Cemetery, Mar's Wark (Mar's Place), Drummond Pleasure Ground, and Ladie's Rock. Snowdon Cemetery, which is also adjacent to these five cemeteries, is generally not considered to be part of the Old Town Cemeteries.

Burials at Holy Rude Churchyard have taken place as far back as the 1400s, though there are no standing headstones that date back before the 1700s. There are perhaps as many as 1,300 to 1,500 documented burials. At one point, burials at Holy Rude Churchyard became so overcrowded, bodies were exhumed to make way for new burials.

The Burial Grounds Act of 1855 made it illegal to exhume bodies for newer burials. This led to the creation of Valley Cemetery, located adjacent to Holy Rude Churchyard. Mar's Wark Cemetery, Drummond Pleasure Ground, and Ladie's Rock Cemetery were created soon after.

Stirling Council Records

Records below were acquired from Stirling Council on April 29, 2020. These records were compiled by the Council on April 8, 2020, and are the only records the Council has in its files as of this date. They include dates of burial from 1937 to 2012.

Dates below are presented in (dd/mm/yyyy) format.


AYRES, Kenneth Shirley, Age: 89 YEARS, d. 1/11/1999, bur. 17/01/2000, Section: SOUTH, Number: 128
BEATON, John William Kenneth, Age: 74 YEARS, d. 14/01/2005, bur. 20/10/2006, Number: 215
CARTER, Dorothy Mabel Smart, Age: 95 YEARS, d. 25/10/2002, bur. 15/03/2003, Number: 370
CRAWFORD, Molly Prest, Age: 93 YEARS, d. 29/05/2001, bur. 4/6/2001, Number: 467
DUNN, Margaret Sharp, Age: 100 YEARS, bur. 16/08/1994, Number: 25
FARMAN, Leslie, Age: 92 YEARS, d. 11/1/1986, bur. 15/01/1986, Section: SOUTH, Number: 95
FARMAN, Thomas H, Age: 83 YEARS, d. 29/12/2006, bur. 12/1/2007, Section: SOUTH, Number: 95
GIVEN, Alexander, Age: 0 YEARS, bur. 1/5/1979, Number: 514
GIVEN, Betty, Age: 90 YEARS, d. 26/12/2002, bur. 7/2/2003, Number: 514
GUTHRIE, Mary Irene Kathleen, Age: 90 YEARS, d. 7/5/2003, bur. 16/10/2003, Number: 320
MCAREE, David (James), Age: 52 YEARS, bur. 11/6/1942, Number: 38
MCAREE, James, Age: 83 YEARS, bur. 12/11/1937, Number: 38
MCAREE, Jean, Age: 78 YEARS, d. 4/2/2006, bur. 22/03/2006, Number: 38
MCAREE, Mary J, bur. 26/07/1967, Number: 38
OOSTERHUIS, Simon Marie, Age: 86 YEARS, d. 18/01/2005, bur. 20/10/2006, Number: 215
SMITH, Evelyn A, Age: 82 YEARS, d. 19/07/1983, bur. 15/03/2003, Number: 370
VALENTINE, Helen, bur. 18/05/1971, Number: 370
VALENTINE, James, bur. 25/03/1953, Number: 370
VALENTINE, Mary Smart, bur. 8/2/1955, Number: 370
YELLOWLEES, David, Age: 75 YEARS, bur. 17/09/1994, Number: 34
YELLOWLEES, Robyn Jane Mills, Age: 82 YEARS, d. 6/7/2011, bur. 5/4/2012, Number: 34

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