Mary Queen of Scots events at the Dundee Howff Cemetery


29 August 2014
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This year marks the 450th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots granting the land of the Howff to the people of Dundee and a number of events are planned to celebrate the anniversary. ...
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This year marks the 450th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots granting the land of the Howff to the people of Dundee and a number of events are planned to celebrate the anniversary.

The Dundee Howff is a historic burial ground which is protected with Listed status and contains many ancient tombstones. The word Howff is Scots for 'meeting place', originating from its later use by the trades of Dundee. When Mary Queen of Scots licensed its use (as the burial ground to the south of what are now known as The City Churches was full) it was known as the 'Yaird' or garden of the Greyfriars. It would have had fruit trees, a medical  herb garden and straw beehives for pollenation and for honey. The document and transcript can be seen online at the Dundee City Archives website.

DUNDEE HOWFF EVENTS

* The 450th anniversary public celebration of the Howff charter being signed with the Lord Provost will take place in the Howff at 6.15pm on 11 September.

* Lunchtime tours of the Howff by Iain Flett and Innes Duffus will take place at 1pm in the Howff on 8 and 9 September. To book, contact Dundee City Archives on 01382 434494.

* The Doors Open Day programme for Dundee brings an exhibition about the Howff in Barrack Street Museum. For more information, visit the Doors Open Day website.

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