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Sighthill Cemetery

(From an Old Document)
Cemetery accommodation was too low for the growing necessities of Glasgow, and a joint stock company was provided for such accommodation. The land off Sighthill had been in the possession of Jonathan Anderson, a Glasgow merchant, who on his death had bequeathed them to the magistrates of Forres, for the endowment of a school in that place, of which he was a native. The new company bought these lands from the magistrates. The purchase consisted of forty-six imperial acres, but at first only twelve were prepared for the reception of the dead. The first internment in Sighthill took place on 24th April 1840. Regarding the view, Mr. Pagan (Historical Glasgow) says that Sighthill received its name from Mr. Archibald Ewing, about the middle of last century (15th century) who was then its proprietor, and the title well beseems it.
It is situated on the Kirkintilloch Road, near St. Rollox, and within one mile and a quarter of Glasgow Cross, and the summit of the hill rising about 405 feet above Clyde level it is thus the highest ground in the royalty of Glasgow, and presents a view of the most beautiful and panoramic kind. On a clear day the eye takes in, to north, the Cowlairs Station of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, the village of Springburn, the imposing range of the Campsie and Kilpatrick hills, the outline of Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi, and, with the glass, may be seen distinctly the peaks of Ben Venue and the lofty Ben Nevis. To the east, we have the line of the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway, the town of Hamilton, the red steeple of Bothwell, and the flowery village around, with a sweep, including the varied beauties of the Upper Vale of Clyde, and extending to fully thirty miles. On the south, we have the best view of the St. Rollox stalk which we have seen from any point, along with the Cathedral, the eastern portion of the city, the braes of Cathkin and Castlemilk, and the summit of the far famed Tinto. The southern view is perhaps the most beautiful, for, amongst other prominent aspects, the eye takes in the inclined plane of to Glasgow and Edinburgh Railway, which skirts the base of the hill, the Union Canal, Port Dundas, Cowcaddens, the New Town, the Broomielaw, the new Observatory, the Lunatic Asylum at Gartnaval, the Partick Mills, the steeples of Paisley, the chimneys of Johnstone and Neilston, Neilston Park, the serrated peaks of Goatfell in Arran, and the frowning range of the Argyllshire hills. Indeed, there are spread out before us portions of thirteen of the Scottish counties, Lanark, Stirling, Dumbarton, Perth, Argyll, Inverness, Clackmannan, Fyfe, Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Ayr, Renfrew and Bute.
The view has now been greatly changed - but not for the better.
© Frank Myers 1997

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