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Sighthill Cemetery Gates

The iron gates to Sighthill Cemetery, photographed by Duncan Brown. The gates were designed by John Stephen of Scott, Stephen & Gale in 1839 and are in an ornate Greek style. The cemetery opened in 1840 with the first burial on the 24 April in that year.

Perhaps the most famous people to buried at Sighthill are Andrew White, John Baird and Andrew Hardie, two of three men executed for treason for their involvement in the "Radical Rising" of 1820. They were buried in paupers' graves in Stirling, but their remains were brought back to Glasgow in 1847 and re-interred at Sighthill. Andrew White was one of nineteen others whose death sentences were commuted and were transported to Australia for their part in the abortive uprising. He was able to return to Scotland many years later and died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1872.

Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documents aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s.

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Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow School of Art Archives

Keywords:
1820 Rising, burials, cemeteries, executions, gates, photographers, pillars, Radical Rising, radicals, Scott, Stephen & Gale, Sighthill Cemetery, transportation, treason



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