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- Category: A
- Date Added: 12/07/1963
- Local Authority: Dundee
- Planning Authority: Dundee
- Burgh: Dundee
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NO 40152 30357
- Coordinates: 340152, 730357
Burial ground established 1564; blind arcading 1601; wall and railings to Meadowside David Neave 1828, gateway to Barrack Street James Black, 1833. High rubble and ashlar sandstone wall to E at Barrack Street, blind arcade (perhaps once open) with sculpted capitals and memorials facing burial ground, roofed burial enclosure to S; piered round-headed gateway with sarcophagus caps and large achievement of arms at parapet, iron gates; 2 capped rusticated gatepiers with iron gates. Low
saddleback-coped ashlar wall to Meadowside curving to Barrack Street, single and paired gates and tall iron railings. S and E boundaries formed by rear elevations of Bank and Reform Streets respectively. Funerary monuments from 16th-19th centuries.
Statement of Special Interest
The burial ground was formerly part of the lands of the Greyfriars granted by Mary Queen of Scots to the burgh of Dundee in 1564. The name Howff (meeting place) derives from the fact that the Dundee Incorporated Trades met here until 1776. The collection of funerary monuments is claimed to be second only to those at Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh.
Nancy Davey, THE HOWFF, A GUIDE TO AN OLD GRAVEYARD (nd); McKean and Walker (1993), pp57-58; drawings in Wellgate Library.
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