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Kirk Lane Cemetery (The Vennel)
One of Glasgow’s oldest cemeteries, Kirk Lane is a small burial ground containing several gravestones from the 18th century,although many are in poor condition. Among those buried here is Betty Thomson, the daughter of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns. She had lived in the Pollokshaws area with her soldier husband John. Their daughter Margaret went on to marry David Wingate, a Pollokshaws weaver and poet.
The site originally had a church to accompany the cemetery, built in 1764, a year after they split from the Church of Scotland, relocating to the Pollokshaws district. The graveyard was plotted a few years later in 1770, and became known as the Old Vennel (an old word meaning the passageway between two buildings). The church was knocked down after the congregation built a new one on the nearby Leckie Street in 1871. The cemetery was restored by the City Council in 2015.
- Historical features
Riverbank St, Glasgow, Glasgow G43 1SB