Scottish Graveyards

Scotland's historic gravestones are a rich part of the nation's heritage, yet exposure to time and the elements mean that this valued resource is under threat. 
Unfortunately, the number of surviving historic gravestones far outstrips the resources that are available to care for and conserve them. As a result, historic gravestones stand a far better chance of survival when members of the public become involved in their conservation. Although some work can only be carried out by professional conservators, members of the public can play an active and important part in conservation programmes. By working in co-operation with those who have a professional, statutory or special interest in historic gravestones and graveyards you are helping to ensure the survival of an historic gravestone. Scotland's Historic Graveyards web resource provides the resources groups need to take on all aspects of graveyard recording and conservation.
Archaeology Scotland supports such graveyard projects as part of its Adopt a Monument Scheme. So if you have a particular graveyard in mind and would like to take part in the  Adopt-a-Monument Scheme please contatc us at or on 0845 872 3333

Graveyard recording

Kilallan Kirkyard and Chapel

We offer helpful guidance on what to do before you start recording, how to record gravestones and graveyards, and what to do when you have finished recording.  You can also access free downloads of materials that will help you with your record creation.

Conservation and management

Keil Chapel

This section offers excellent information on conservation strategy, and gravestone care and repair.  You can also access useful PDFs on a wide variety of relevant topics to help you during the conservation and management process.

Related resources

Survey workshop at Kilbride Kirkyard

We have amalgomated various resources relating to research,built and natural hertiage, graveyard management,gravestone weathering, geology, graveyard and gravestone design, educational resources, and genealogy. 

Graveyard survey at Kilvickeon Old Parish Church

Project contact

Adopt-a-Monument Project Manager
Phil Richardson

Related AAM projects

Please take a look at the Adopt-a-Monument groups that are currently volunteering their time to help assess and care for kirk ruins.

Graveyard projects