Monumental Inscriptions

Glasgow Bridge by Annan

Monumental Inscriptions (MIs) are engravings on grave markers or other memorials to the dead.

What do I need to know before I start? 

Try to find out:

  • name of the deceased (and possible other first names and alternative spellings of second names)

  • likely date of death

  • place where the deceased was buried (this is usually near the place where he or she lived or died, or where other family members were buried, although there are exceptions)​

What records can I find in the Mitchell: Special Collections?

  • Published lists and CDs for many graveyards throughout Scotland, arranged by county 

  • Online Index of Monumental Inscriptions, arranged by place name 

  • Books and magazines on family history and name research featuring Monumental Inscriptions​

What other resources will help me find information?

Books like these are available for you to borrow or consult:

  • A.C.W. Merrick, R.S.J. Clarke and the Ulster Historical Foundation, “Gravestone Inscriptions: Old Belfast Families and the New Burying Ground from Gravestone Inscriptions, with Wills...” (1991)

  • Sheila M. Spiers, “Monumental Inscriptions for Old Meldrum Churchyard” (1987)

  • Irene Sutherland, “Monumental Inscriptions: Geddes Churchyard, Nairn-shire” (1995)

  • Angus Mitchell, Mary Mitchell and Marjorie Stewart (compilers), “A list of published and unpublished monumental inscriptions held by the Scottish Genealogy Society” (2002)​