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Dean Cemetery Main Gate Edinburgh

David Octavius Hill

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson circa 1845 pioneered many aspects of photography in Scotland. David was a Scottish painter and photographer. His studio was Rock Cottage on Calton Hill.

David Octavius Hill Dean Cemetery Edinbu

Oberst Robert Smith

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

An obelisk and stone plaque in memory of and Edinburgh born soldier who was a Colonel in the Confederate Army in Americas South.

Stone plaque inscription






Colonel Robert Smith Dean Cemetery Edinb


Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Buchanan (1785–1857) was a Scottish businessman and philanthropist who was instrumental in building Glasgow.

Born in Glasgow and lived his last years in Edinburgh’s New Town

where his wife continued to live after his death.

Buchanan Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Lord Francis Jeffrey

  Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Lord Francis Jeffrey, born 23 Oct 1773 in Edinburgh, Scotland, died 26 Jan 1850 in Edinburgh buried in the Dean Cemetery. He was a literary critic and became a Judge.  He was the editor of, The Edinburgh Review, a newspaper on British political and literary criticism in the early 19th century.

His offices were in Buccleuch Place Edinburgh. 

Lord Francis Jeffrey Tomb Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Falshaw

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Falshaw was an engineer and helped build the railways around the UK. He lived in Edinburgh from the mid-1800s.  

He was Edinburgh’s Lord Provost from 1874 -77.

He helped modernise the lothians and was knighted in 1876 and was involve in the building of the Forth Rail Bridge which still stands today as the main crossing of the Firth of Forth by rail.

James Falshaw Dean Cemetery Edinburgh


Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Nasmyth born 47 York Place Edinburgh in 1808 became a Scottish engineer famed for inventing the steam hammer in 1842 and many other engineering firsts in his foundry in Manchester. He produced many tools and steam engines. His father Alex was a renowned Scottish artist. 

Alexander Nasmyth Artist

Alexander Nasmyth born in 1758 in Edinburgh live at 47 York Place and was said to be the father of Scottish Landscape Painting. He Studied under Allan Ramsay and as a friend of Robert Burns he was fortunate enough to be the only one to paint a portrait of Robert Burns that exists today. only one to paint a portrait of Robert Burns that exists today.

Nasmyth Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Lord Henry Cockburn

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Henry Cockburn Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Robert McVitie

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Robert McVitie (1854-1910) took over the running of the business from his father who died in 1884. That was when the company moved solely to Biscuits. The biscuit that is known by everyone is McVities Digestive, which was created in 1892.

An Edinburgh man with the biggest name in biscuits.   

McVitie Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Lord Andrew Rutherfurd

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Andrew Rutherfurd was born at Bristo Port Edinburgh 1791.

His home was to be Lauriston Castle and his townhouse was 9 St Colme Street,

where he died in 1854.

(Even in 1800s they had 2 houses).

He studied law at the University of Edinburgh and became an advocate in 1812.

He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in 1837 and in 1839

he was appointed Lord Advocate and Member of Parliament for Leith.  

He was also appointed the Rector of the University of Glasgow.

Lord Andrew Rutherfurd Dean Cemetery Edi

James Stevenson

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Stevenson born in Paisley on 28 April 1786 a Scottish merchant and philanthropist who was the father of  two famous Scottish women, Flora Stevenson and Louisa Stevenson.

In 1865 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He died at Home 13 Randolph Crescent in Edinburgh. 

Randolph Crescent the home of Flora Stevenson, Louisa Stevenson, and Elisa Stevenson in Edinburgh became one of the centres for women’s rights campaigning.

They were founder members of the Ladies Educational Association. Flora Stevenson was elected onto the Governments School Board in 1873 and was so re-elected every year until her death in 1905. In her honour the Education board named a school after her which still is in use to this day.

Louisa campaigned specifically for women to be allowed medical training and to qualify as doctors.

She joined with Sophia Jex Blake to found the women’s medical college. Louisa later became a member of the executive committee of the National Union of Women’s suffrage society.

Louisa Stevenson with Christian Guthrie Wright founded the Edinburgh School of Cookery in 1875 in

Atholl Crescent Edinburgh. This school developed into The Queen Margaret University.

James Stevenson Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Hamilton

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

James Hamilton, 9th Lord Belhaven and Stenton (1822–1893)

His family can be traced back over 500 years to James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton, by Janet Calderwood, and half-brother of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran from whom the Dukes of Hamilton descend.

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James Hamilton Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

Sir Thomas Bouch

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

The well-known saying ‘you botched it up’ was after Sir Thomas Bouch who built the original Tay Bridge which collapsed due to design faults, many were killed.

Ironically, his Knighthood was for the building of the bridge.

Sir Thomas Bouch 1822 –1880 a British railway engineer. He was born in Cumbria. He was the manager of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway and introduced the first roll-on/roll-off train ferry service in the world which left from Granton harbour

taking trains over to Fife.

Sir Thomas Bouch Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

William H Playfair

Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

William Henry Playfair was born in London to Scottish Parents in 1790.

He studied at Edinburgh University graduating in 1809.

He became the leading architect in Edinburgh. His neoclassical architecture can be seen all over Edinburgh. His buildings were how Edinburgh was called ‘The Athens of the North’.

Most of his finest buildings are in or around Edinburgh. The Royal Scottish Academy building, The National Gallery of Scotland, Royal College of Surgeons, Donaldson's Hospital,

St Stephen's Church New College on The Mound,

City Observatory and Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill.

He died in 1857 leaving Edinburgh a as an architectural paradise known throughout the world.

William H Playfair Dean Cemetery Edinbur
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