St Michael's 4
DUMFRIES TOWN  -- Churches and Graveyards
High Cemetery St. Michael's Old St. Michael's New St. Mary's Troqueer Holy Cross Calside
Monuments along the Walls and Pathways through the Graveyard
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Hugh monuments like these dominate the boundary walls and pathways of St Michael's graveyard. 
In their day they must have been very impressive.  It is almost as if the 18th and 19th century families of the area sought to compete with each other to demonstrate their wealth by the size and elaborate design of their memorials.  As will be seen from 21st century photographs used in this graveyards tour, many are now not so impressive.
Time allied with weather are great levellers and while
 some of the inscriptions on these ornate memorials
are now virtually unreadable those on many of the
plainest freestone slabs remain clear and distinct. 
Compare this marble plaque detail with the simple gravestone shown opposite which is located in the foreground and to the right of photograph shown above.
Massive sandtone Monuments line most of  the paths throughout St. Michael's old graveyard

Views of the graveyard in from the paths reveal a chaotic jumble of memorial stones of all types.
Small plain upright freestone slabs, "thruchs" (tablestones on pillars with open or slabbed sides), 
massive monuments standing on plinths constructed from large stone blocks with inset inscription panels, 
and tall obelisks of various design.  The photograph below shows one of these obelisks.
Close-up of the marble inscription panels from the memorial opposite are virtually unreadable today. 
Below are shown two more plaques from this monument.
The main inscription panel has been lost from this grave site
Monument height as well as ornamentation seems to have been a factor in the 'competition' to impress.
The buff sandstone chosen for this monument is soft and will eventually erode away completely.
This very large monument to the Hinchsliffe Family occupies the north east corner of the old graveyard.
Being so high it is not easy to read the inscription panels from ground level.
Flat stone slab embedded in the gravel in front of the monument.
Photograph taken in March 2001.  The fresh red colour of the broken sandstone indicate this was a recent event.
This photograph, taken in October 2007, shows the broken stones still in situ and the Sycamore tree flourishing.
In the above graveyard tour we have seen from many of these old monuments how both wind and weather have conspired together to undo the fruits of  mans' vanity. Here, in the three photographs shown above, we have evidence of another natural force at work.  A self-seeded tree has sent its strong roots between the wall and this monument.
The result was inevitable. The expanding roots have toppled the monument and the fall smashed it to pieces.
Monuments of St. Michael's