Newington Cemetery is one of the several city cemeteries in Edinburgh, Scotland. Technically it lies beyond Newington itself, standing on an awkward elongated kite-shaped site between a railway line and Dalkeith Road, between Prestonfield and Peffermill.
It was designed in 1848 by David Cousin and originally named the Edinburgh Metropolitan Cemetery, but also sometimes called Echobank Cemetery, but is far less successful in layout than his earlier work at Dean Cemetery and Warriston Cemetery.
It contains a section of vaults to the north-west, laid out on a north-south access. It was intended to be larger but was curtailed by the building of the railway line.
Of all Edinburgh's cemeteries it is by far the most overgrown and vandalised, with a very small percentage of stones remaining upright and visible. The sections closest to the entrance are best kept. Those to the south are maintained but few stones remain standing. To the north and north-west the cemetery is so overgrown as to be impenetrable.
Of particular note are the enclosed area for Jewish burials (against the east boundary wall) and the high number of war graves (mainly in the southern half). The cemetery contains 156 Commonwealth service war graves, 142 from World War I and 14 from World War II, mainly dead from wartime military hospitals. Those whose graves are not marked by headstones are listed by name on the Screen Wall Memorial in the main War Plot (Section A1).
The raised section to the south-west, with no stones at all, contains paupers graves.
Its northern sections, having been abandoned for over thirty years, are now an important wildlife habitat within the city.
Graves of note
- James Anderson (died 1913) sculpted by John Stevenson Rhind
- John Cairns (1818-1892)
- William Campbell (died 1902) organist, sculpted by William Grant Stevenson
- Sir Charles Gibson Connell FRSE (1899–1986) ornithologist
- David Craigie FRSE (1793–1866), medical author
- Rev Robert Gordon FRSE DD (1786–1853)
- Arthur Lloyd (1839–1904), music hall entertainer (grave lost)
- General Sir Gordon MacMillan (1897−1986), British Army general who fought in World War I and World War II
- William McTaggart (1835–1910) artist
- Arnaud Massy (1877–1950) golfer (grave lost)
- Sir John Melville (1803–1860) Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1854 to 1859
- Rev John Ross (missionary) (1842–1915)
- Edward Sang (1805–1890) mathematician
- Gilbert Kerr (1870–1919) Ships Piper with the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902–1904
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