The Howff

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The Howff

The Howff is a burial ground in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Established in 1564, it has one of the most important collections of tombstones in Scotland, and is protected as a category A listed building.[1]


The land of the burial ground was part of the Franciscan (Greyfriars) Monastery until the Scottish Reformation. In 1564 Mary, Queen of Scots granted the land to the burgh of Dundee, for use as a burial ground. It was used for meetings by the Dundee Incorporated Trades, and subsequently became known as The Howff, from the Scots word howff meaning a meeting place. Meetings at The Howff ceased in 1776.[1] The last burial took place in 1857. The walls along the west side date from 1601.[2]


Grave in The Howff

Burials at The Howff include:


External links[edit]

Tombs of the Dundee Howff

  • Media related to The Howff at Wikimedia Commons
Spring, The Howff, Dundee

Coordinates: 56°27′41″N 2°58′22″W / 56.4615°N 2.9727°W / 56.4615; -2.9727