On the weekdays 11th to 18th September 2006 Friends of Dundee City Archives
arranged the following interesting tours, with the following information.
from an old book>
<The webmaster understands that the Western boundary wall of this site formed part of the Eastern edge of the district of Lochee and the graveyard is not in Lochee>
LOCHEE AS IT WAS
AND AS IT IS.
. . interested in such matters. Of the antiquity of the church and parish there cannot be any doubt. Whether the privilege of sepulture [the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave] was attached to it from the beginning or was accorded at a later date has not been ascertained. At all events, apart . .
<Logie Churchyard, from the West>
. . from the the right, of interment, it is definitely known that the church of Logie was in existence in the twelfth century. It is probable it might have been erected in the time of King Edgar; who died in Dundee on 10th January 1106, after, writes Thomson, " a peaceable reign of nine years." There is, however, a certainty that Logie had a habitation and name in the reign of Edgar's brother and immediate successor, Alexander I, who ascended the Throne 1107, and who shortly . .<91> LOCHEE AS IT WAS AND AS IT IS.
thereafter., as stated by several chroniclers, made a gift of the Church and its lands to a great ecclesiastical house. Jervise, a most reliable writer, says that., "like the kirks of Liff and Invergowrie, 'Logyn-Dundho' was given to the Abbey of Scone by Alexander I. In the diocese of St.Andrews, it was dedicated by Bishop David [Bernham] in 1243" The name of the patron saint, if ever it was so honoured, has passed into oblivion. Neither have we a record of the style of architecture, the dimensions of the structure, nor the names of the clergymen who were the earliest, or amongst the earliest, to conduct the devotions of the period within its walls. The services probably were maintained by successive readers or lay brothers belonging either to some of the churches in the burgh or to the Abbey. It was not till 1551 that the name of a clergyman associated with the church is mentioned. As a centre of religious thought, even on the limited scale peculiar to those times, Logie Church does not appear to have been deemed of much importance. The value of Logie, such as it was, lay no doubt in its lands and pertinents. These were extensive, and as they were contiguous to, and, in some instances, formed part of the ancient burgh, their worth, as time went on, became enhanced. Before the Reformation, and some time after, Logie remained intact; and an idea of its extent as an estate and parish may be gathered front the fact that it embraced within its bounds the estates of Blackness, Balgay, a large portion of Dudhope, and property extending as far as Constitution Road, Barrack Street, West Port, and Park Place. The church for a very lengthened period was mensal, its emoluments having been granted to the See of Brechin to assist in maintaining the table of the Bishop. When this gift was made, and by whom, like everything relating to its early affairs, is not known. From the date of dedication in 1243 till 1551 . . .
<Extract from an 1869 document - a court report of the conditions at the burial ground>
. . Parochial Board, was the first
witness. He was of opinion that the ground was quite full ; that It would be
dangerous to health, offensive and contrary to decency to use it further.
Buildings were now in the immediate neighbour-hood, and the inhabitants
complained of very offensive smell.
September 24, 1869.
September 24, 1869.
Having recently examined the Logie
Burying Ground, I consider its condition eminently dangerous to health, more
especially to that of the population in its immediate vicinity. Its highly
overcrowded state calls for immediate investigation, otherwise serious
results may ensue.
He visited the ground last week, at
the request of the Town Clerk, and saw two graves, about four feet in depth,
standing open ready for the next interment. The bottom of the one
consisted of the top of a coffin, the wood of which was quite fresh, and in
the south side of the opening, two feet from the surface, he observed
another coffin. In another grave he saw five coffins all round the hole
‑ one of them about a foot from the surface, and the others between
that and the bottom. Two of these coffins were perfectly fresh, the paint
being quite distinct on them, and the white cords only slightly soiled by
the earth. The three other coffins were in a more decayed state, having
evidently been there for some years. What struck him most forcibly was their
position and depth. They appeared to him as if they had been pushed in any
way in order to get them in. Indeed, he made the remark to the grave-digger
that be wondered how he managed to get them in, and his remark was very
characteristic – “Oh, deed, sir,” he said, we canna get a coffin into
the ground at a' withoot comin’ into contact wi' never so many coffins.”
His opinion was that the place should have been shut up long', ago. It was
offensive to decency and dangerous to health.
Dr. Greig read the following
certificate, which had been prepared by Dr. Pirie and himself:-
“Dundee, 23d Sept. 1869
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