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Western Cemetery

Western Cemetery, Dundee
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Western Cemetery, Dundee

A significant suburban cemetery occupying a sloping site which extends north from the Perth Road in Dundee, the Western Cemetery lies 1½ miles (2.4 km) west of the city centre. It lies behind a grand Tudor Gothic screen designed by James R. Findlater, who also laid out the cemetery in 1845. Originally operated by a private company, it was purchased by the City of Dundee District Council in 1979. Notable residents include poet William Thom (1799 - 1845); electrical experimenter James Bowman Lindsay (1799 - 1862), whose monument was raised by public subscription and is topped by a bronze hand grasping a live electrical cable; engineer William Robertson (1825-99) and aeronautical pioneer Preston Watson (1880 - 1915).


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