Tollcross Burying Ground

Tollcross Burying Ground


Tollcross Burying Ground (now known as Tollcross Cemetery) is located at 114 Corbett Street, Tollcross G32 8LG in the east end of Glasgow.  It is said the first burial was in 1897, but records show there were earlier burials than this with James Shaw of Airdrie who died aged 91 in October of 1879.  Earlier records seem to have been lost but it is known that the author of “Wee Willie Winkie”, William Miller is buried in an unmarked family plot against the north wall.  Many propminent people were associated with the land on which the cemetery now stands and many of the prominent people of Tollcross and other areas of the east end of Glasgow and beyond are interred there.  This page will try and highlight those buried there including, prominent people, merchants, the War dead, and others of interest, and the stories behind their lifetimes.




Rev. William McIlquham

The Rev. William McIlquham was the first minister of Tollcross Relief Church.  He was elected on the 2nd of March 1807 and Inducted at Tollcross on the 21st May 1807.  He died 2nd September 1822 aged 53 years.  This tablet was erected on the east wall of the churchyard by the congregation of Tollcross Relief Church in his memory.

Also interred here is his son John McIlquham who preferred to be called Meikleham who died on 16 June 1865.  John was the manager of Clyde Iron Works and built a villa called East Thorn.  After his death the villa was purchased by his employer James Dunlop.










Rev. William Auld


William Auld was the son of the Reverend William Auld, Minister of Sir Michael Street Relief Church, Greenock and was born at Glassford in 1806.  He studied at the University of Glasgow where he was a creditable student, from which he passed to the Relief Theological Hall, Paisley under the instruction of the Rev. Mr Thomson.

The Rev. William Auld was elected minister by a majority of 60 votes on the 21st November 1832 and ordained on 28th February 1833.  He was the third Minister of Tollcross Relief Church.  There was an ordination dinner in the session house, for which the charge was 2s 6d; the elders being free of charge.

His Manse at Parkhead was for many years a busy marrying centre; and on the Friday of the Glasgow Fair and Hogmanay he would sometimes have ten to fifteen couples attending at his house in order to be made happy.

His Jubilee was celebrated on 24th October 1882.

He died at the manse, Parkhead on 17th April 1885 in the 79th year of his age and fifty third of his ministry and was buried in the churchyard behind the vestry in lair number 498.

An obelisk was subsequently erected to his memory by former members and friends of the church resident in the city, in conjunction with a large number of members of the church.  It is of Aberdeen granite, and bears on the east side, in bronze relief, an excellent representation of his features.  His wife lies beside him.  A large family was reared in the old manse.

One of his surviving sons was the Rev. James Auld, who was ordained by The Glasgow United Presbytery (22nd February 1875) as a missionary to Caffraria.  For some years the station at Elujilo was under his charge, but since he laboured at Columba in the same colony.  He was honoured by being chosen moderator of the South African Church.




Rev. George Sharp

George Sharpe was forty when he arrived in Parkhead in 1905. Rev Sharpe was born on 17th April 1865 in Dalziel near Motherwell and became a clerk in Colville’s steel works.  In 1886 George Sharpe moved to New York State to work for the Rose family who had emigrated to New York from Motherwell in 1884 and owned steel works there.  While in New York George became a member of the Methodist Church and later received an offer from his minister to pay for his tuition through college to enter the ministry. On 17th November Rev Sharpe married Jane Brayton Rose, and served in three New York State Churches at this time. In 1901 Rev Sharpe returned to Scotland.  He accepted a call to Parkhead Congregational Church in 1905.  In 1906 Rev Sharpe left the Congregational Church and  formed a new Church.Land was bought in Burgher Street, and a sum of £300 was raised by the time the deeds were ready.  Building of the new Church began in 1907.  Rev Sharpe crossed the Atlantic to raise funds for the building and the new Church opened in December at a total cost of £3,000. One of the teachers of the Church was Miss Olive Winchester, an heiress of the inventor of the Winchester Rifle ,who in 1909 came to Glasgow to further her studies at Glasgow University where she became the first woman to be admitted to the Faculty of Divinity, and is thought to be the first woman to be ordained in Scotland. I would like to thank the Rev Colin Woods and Rev Ian Wills for all their help in this project.

George Sharpe died on the 27 March 1948.  His wife Jane Brayton Rose was also a Minister and died on 28 February 1943.

The inscription on the stone reads;

In loveing memory of Rev. Jane Brayton Rose beloved wife of the Rev. GeorgeSharpe D.D. died at Kilravock, Carmyle 28 Feb 1943.  The above Rev. George Sharpe D.D. passed to his great rewardMarch 27 1948.  Founder of the Church of The Nazarene in Britain.  First Minister of the original church of this denomination Burgher Street, Parkhead.







Rev. Thomas Simpson

The inscription on the stone reads; In memory of our beloved friend and teacher Rev. Thomas Smith.  Died 17 November 1926.  From members of  his Bible Class Tollcross Park U.F. Church.

Rev. Thomas Simpson was Minister of Tollcross Park U.F. Church Drumother Drive, Parkhead from 1910 to 1926.

Thomas Simpson died on 17 November 1926in the Manse in Drumother Drive, Parkhead at 1.30pm from sudden cardiac failure.  He was the son of  Thomas Simpson, a bootmaker and Elizabeth Nichol.  He married Margaret McNee Smith  in 1895 in St Giles, Edinburgh.








Daniel Paterson

The inscription reads;  In loving memory of Daniel Paterson A.R.C.O.  For over fifty years the organist and choirmaster of Tollcross Central Church.

Born 1874 and died 18 May 1948.

























John Kinniburgh

The inscription reads;

John Kinniburgh, Auchenshuggle.  Born 29 January 1792. Died 7 February 1880.  Schoolmaster in Tollcross for 46 years.  Prudent in counsel, upright in conduct, benevolent in disposition, he spent a lifetime of singular devotion to the best interests of his native village.

He was highly honoured in his life and deeply regreted in his death by a wide circle of friends and former pupils.

He was the principal schoolmaster in Clyde Ironworks Public School, Fullerton.

He was the Session Clerk in Tollcross Church for an unbroken period of 47 years.

He was of the Weaving trade but attended Glasgow University and qualified himself  for taking a position in the teaching profession in which he was very successful.

“The Dominie” as he was popularly and affectionately called, by his steadfast continuance in the welldoing, especially on behalf of the poor, retained the esteem which he had long before earned, to the end.







George Honeyman

George Honeyman, Spirit merchant, widower of Elizabeth Litster, died at 1.30am on 3 December 1864 aged 67 years from Hypertrophy after an illness of 3 months.  His usual residence was 347 Great Eastern Road, Parkhead.

George’s parents were David Honeyman and Helen Scott.

Informant of the death was George Litster, nephew of 136 Dalmarnock Road.

George Honeyman is buried in a family lair in Tollcross Burying Ground, Corbett Street; Tollcross.

George Honeyman was shown in the Glasgow Post Office Directories as being a spirit dealer at Great Eastern Road between 1847 and 1864.  His home address was given as 3 New Road (Duke Street).



George Honeyman Farmer

George Honeyman Farmer was born to Alexander Farmer, a Blacksmith and Mary Honeyman on 14 December 1849.

He married three times. 1st to Mary Graham then 2nd to Elizabeth Hannah and 3rd to Marie Jessie Auchterlonie.

He died at 0.10 hours on 27 July 1914 at 1358 Duke Street, Parkhead aged 66 years.  Informant of his death was Alex Farmer his son of 1328 Duke Street.

George Honeyman Farmer owned the George Honeyman Farmer Vaults which was situated at 615 Great Eastern Road (Gallowgate) on the corner of New Road (Duke Street).  When the pub was demolished it was replaced by the current building which had a public house on the ground floor and it was called the Oak Bar.















Alexander Dansken

Alexander Dansken was born 28 March 1857 and died 30 September 1933.

He was a well known House Factor in Parkhead and surrounding districts in the firm of Dansken & Fletcher.  His wife’s name was Catherine Miller Fletcher

His home address was Rosemount, Drumother Hill (Drumover Drive).









Archibald Allan

Archibald Allan was the son of James Allan, a Weaver and Janet Gibb and was born circa 1792.

He died single on 10 October 1884 in his 92nd year

He was a Provisions Merchant and had premises at 100 Brunswick Street and 85 Candleriggs Street.

His home address was 18 Westmuir Street.













Edward Marshall McPhee


The inscription reads;

Erected by the Associations Clubs and Friends of the Scottish Junior Football Association in memory of Edward Marshall McPhee who for 44 years served the intests of the S.J.F.A.

Born in Tollcross 29 May 1870 and died there 23 April 1936

Treasurer for 6 years between 1893 and 1899.  Secretary for 37 years between 1899 and 1936

Edward Marshall McPhee was born on 29 May 1870 at Main Street Tollcross to John McPhee, a Carrier and Mary Marshall

He married Catherine Dewar McAllan in 1896

Edward Marshall McPhee, a Woolen Warehouseman (retired) died at 10.00am on 23 April 1936 at 54 Anworth Street, (formerly Upper Dunlop Street) Tollcross aged 65 years.  Informant of his death was John McPhee, his son of 1 Buckingham Drive, Carmyle.

The memorial was erected at the frontright of the gate of the church graveyard which was accessed through Church Lane from Tollcross Road.

Edward Marshall McPhee is laid to rest in the Session House lair 2 which today is unmarked.

96 thoughts on “Tollcross Burying Ground

  1. Katy D

    Hi, looking to locate the grave of my Granddad. I have limited information apart from name and year of death. Wondering if this is enough to see if he is buried in Tollcross as unsure of how to find this out?

  2. Keith Ellis

    Hi Bob. I’m trying to find my gg grandparents, William Goldie and his wife Jessie (Donaldson) Goldie. William (1835-1907) Jessie Goldie (1841-1907). All I know is that they were buried at Tollcross Cemetery in Parkhead. I do not have their burial dates or locations of their remains. Would you have a record of them in the Cemetery records? Would be appreciative of any information you could relay to me. Thanks!

    1. Thomas McCann

      Hi Keith, Im sorry to say that Bob Winning Past away in June, As you might know Bob was our expert on Tollx Cemetery, I will have a look at what i have and get back to you if i find anything

      1. Keith Ellis

        Thanks Thomas… Actually, I did find a record of my GG grandfather William Goldie. Apparently he IS buried there. Buried 13 June 1892.. Lair 113 (Robert Goldie stone) I have not been able to find his wife Jessie Goldie (Maiden name Donaldson) Pretty sure she is buried there as well. Would have been on or near 1915. I’m still searching for her. Hopefully, there’s a cemetery record of her death. Thanks for everything.

      2. Thomas Angus

        Hi Tom mcCann hi doing family history and found my 3 times great grand mother Elizabeth Saunders ne Smith died 15/11/1855 buried at Tolcrofts burying ground am a i right in saying that is now tollcross cemetery i wonder if you have enying info her husband was Edward Saunders master tailor died believe 1829 hope you can help thanks tom

  3. Joanne

    Hi, I’m trying to locate plot 33, section 16 in tollcross cemetery, can you help?
    I believe the plot is unmarked but contains my 2xgreat grandparents James & Mary Hart along with my great grandfather Joseph Madden.
    Any advice is much appreciated!

  4. Mary Ann Gorman

    I’m looking for any information on whether a headtone still exists for my family who I believe were buried in Tollcross Church Burial Ground. Possibly lair 471, old section. Their name was Forrest and would have been buried between 1880 and 1918 I think. Thanks.

    1. Kenny Bell

      I have a photograph of lair 471 in the old (Churchyard) section. There are several names on it including Martha, Robert, John and Alexander (amongst others).

  5. Dee McIntosh

    Hello, I am looking for my the grave site or lair of my maternal Great Grandmother Margaret Jane ‘Shields’ Wallace
    B1896 D1925! Any help appreciated!

  6. David McNaught Kilgour

    Hello Bob, i hope you find this of interest, and perhaps you can add to it.. I have McNaught relatives buried in Tollcross cemetery. My gggfather, David McNaught buried Nov 18 1891 and his wife Eliza buried Feb 19 1895, both in lair 226. They are the McNaught weavers Willox’s aunt lived with on Elba Lane. One of their sons James was also buried in Tollcross ( according to his death certificate) he died April 14 1859. I havent been able to find record of James burial or lair.I wonder if you are aware of any more McNaughts buried there. More recent generations were buried in Janefield Cemetery.I wonder if their is a map or diagram showing lair locations in either Tollcross or Janefield. Any help would be much appreciated

    1. David Kilgour

      5 months later and much digging (not literally) I can answer my own post. My ancestor Eliza ,mentioned before, was a McCrossan and lair 226 was owned by William and James McCrossan. I believe Wm was Eliza’s father. The lair is very large and appears to have 3 sections, with a total of over 40 burials, mostly McCrossans and McNaughts with some other relatives. Among those were Peter and son William Purdon who were killed in an explosion at Beardmores in Parkhead in 1866.Peter was husband of Jenet McCrossan, Eliza’s sister. William had four young children and a fifth born less than two months after his death. Some sad Parkhead history!

  7. Ronald Knox

    Seeking information on Peden Family Lair No 73, Section 22 West, Certificate No 3388. 4 interred there Alexander, Jessie, Elizabeth and Harry. Grandparents Alexander and Jessie were both buried in 1972. Hoping you can assist. How would we get a copy of certificate?
    – Thank you Ron Knox

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Ron,
      My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I’ll be in touch with info in the next couple of days.

      Bob Winning.

  8. Ronald Knox

    I am seeking details of the Peden family Lair No 73, Section 22 West, Certificate No 3388. Is it possible to get a copy of the certicate? My grandparents Alexander and Jessie Peden plus their daughter Elizabeth and grandson Harry Graham are all buried at the Tollcross Cemetery. This would help with my family research. Thank you Ron Knox

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Ron,
      My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I’ll be in touch with info in the next couple of days.

      Bob Winning.

  9. James Docherty

    I know my 2x Great Gran (Patrick Fearns, 2nd Husband, 1st Husband, Bernard Carroll, Maiden Name Jane Duffie) Died in Braidfauld Street,Tollcross, on the 7th December 1908. I’m just wondering if she’s buried in Tollcross cemetry.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi James,
      Jane Ferns (nee Duffy) is definitely not buried in Tollcross Burying Ground in Corbett Street. I also tried to trace a burial notice for her but with no success.

  10. David

    Hi am looking for my granny Isabelle findlay grave plot also buried belong her sister magerat mc Donald Peggy pls can u get in touch with me asap thanks

    1. David

      Hi my gran was married to John findlay her name before was Isabelle cryans pls contact me when u see this message thanks regards David

  11. Raymond Loughran

    My mother is interred in Tollcross Cemetery,West lair 70 section C common ground.

    Having visited the cemetery is there any way to trace the lair please?

  12. Robert Chesbro

    I’m searching for verification that a John Gardner is buried there. Wife: Mary Stewart. Son Robert Gardner (10/23/04-3/8/67).

    Searching for plot members and his birth/death date.

    Thank you!

  13. Karen L

    I am looking for graves for people in the Corbett family. They were the land owners of Tollcross for about 500 years (ending around 1830). Do you by chance know if there are any Corbett graves in the Tollcross cemetery? I am most interested in finding Cunningham Corbett or Marion (Mariane?) Corbett. Thanks so much!

  14. Michelle

    Hi Bob,

    I’m trying to find information on a couple I think were likely buried in Tollcross in 1893 and 1894 – I put in a request at the Mitchell to look up the records but they tell me the interment records only begin in 1895 so that was disappointing. I can see you’ve been helping people with earlier burials than 1895 so I’m hoping you may be able to help me too. I would be really grateful to hear from you.



    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Michelle,

      As you know I’ve sent you details regarding your comment. When I get the rest of the info I’ll pass it on to you.

  15. Sam

    Looking for any information on
    O’Neil family

    Any information or photos please email me.
    All from Hutchestown, Bridgeton, Parkhead area

  16. Stewart Ayre

    Hi, we are looking for my friends Grand Mother who died in 1960 and was buried in Tollcross Cemetery. Any information you can offer regarding the lair number will be very much appreciated.

    Name of the deceased Sarah Adens

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Stewart,
      We have sent you and email on your comment. We would require some further information to try and assist you further.

      Regards Bob

    2. Patrick Ayre

      Hi, I don’t suppose you are the son Of Richard Arthur Ayre? If so we are cousin’s. My father was Sid, Dick’s younger brother. Please email Google me if you want to check me out. Sorry to bother you if you are not the person I am looking for!

  17. James

    Is there no way we can restore this grave yard or get the council to properly tidy it up?
    I have family resting there and live looking on to the grave yard.
    I have been in and removed some rubbish myself but to see chairs and other rubbish not being removed is disheartening.
    Do you have any info on how this can be achieved?

  18. Jim Knox

    I have just learned from the death certificate that my 3x Great-Aunt Elizabeth Beg or Boag (wife of James Currie) and who died on 01 October 1859, is buried within Tollcross Burying Ground. Having just visited the cemetery I noticed that almost all the gravestones have dates of death in the 1990’s and that there is virtually nothing relating to the 1880’s. There doesn’t appear to be an ‘old’ section in the cemetery and I would be very grateful if anyone can shed any light on Elizabeth’s resting place.
    Many thanks.

  19. Bill McLaughlin

    I am trying to locate a grave for a Jean Taylor who died 1978-79. I was told she possibly was buried at this cemetery.
    would it be possible for you to give me some pointers as to who might have the relevant records?
    Little information to go on at the moment so any assistance would be appreciated.

  20. Tara Cameron

    Hello, I am contacting you from ML Williams Funeral Directors in Ayr, we are trying to find a lair for cremated remains for a deceased who has no remaining family. We believe her parents and brother are interred in Tollcross. Their names are Robert Steel and Margaret Baird Steel. Any assistance would be most appreciated.

    1. Sam

      these to people do have living relatives although they are 6th cousins should you want to email me i am more than happy to provide the information to you if you still require it.

      the family are in Tollcross as i noticed the name when i came up to visit my sisters plot.
      they are related to the O’Neil family via marriage originally from Paisley and Ireland prior to this.

    2. Sam

      I think the above mentioned names show in my family tree
      I will double check over the weekend but am 99 %.
      Can you give their year of birth so I can double check.

  21. Sam Black

    Hi I am trying to locate any O’Neil. Family laid to rest hear.

    My sister is laid to rest hear in 1970 Andrea Black.
    I know all my mums family lived in Bridgeton so would expect conciderinv my
    Sister is hear, the other family members must be also.



    Any help please email me

  22. Ian Livey

    According to my ggg grandfather’s will written shortly before his death, he had a lair in Tollcross churchyard. He, James Livey, died on Feb. 15 1878. If a gravestone still exists, I would be very grateful for any information on the stone as well as to its location in the graveyard.
    Kind regards,
    Ian Livey

  23. Sandra

    My sister was laid to rest in Victoria church in December 1970
    How do I find out about this church please.

    Also any information on the family of Christina steel o’neil and Robert o’neil please from toll cross and Bridgeton please

    1. Sandra

      Thank you my sister is Andrea Black laid to rest December 19th 1970.
      I got the information by contacting Glasgow cemetery board I do have the contact details if you can email me I will send them to you.

      As for Robert O’Neil and Christina O’Neil they are my grandparents.

      Can you email me on


  24. Anne Waters

    My grandfather James Aitken Duncan was buried at Tollcross Oct 1948.
    An entry under his name ( my uncle John Mason ) has no date of birth or death. Do you know who would authorise this internment?
    As a family we thought a lair took 3 people but my grandmother ( wife of James )always maintained there was no room for her.
    Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Anne,
      I’ve sent you an email with info on your query.
      MATTHEW A Duncan was buried on 11 October 1948 in section P. Lair 42 aged 54. James Aitken Duncan was his father and was deceased at his son’s death.

  25. Frances Maxwell

    I would be very grateful if you could tell me the whereabouts in the cemetery of my friend Miss Margaret Dudgeon. Her ashes were buried about two or three years ago in the grave of her mother and father. I would like to visit at this time of year with some flowers for her. Thank you.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Frances.

      Thank you for your recent comment on the site above.

      Your friend Margaret Dudgeon ashes will be at Lair 476 in the Old Churchyard section of the cemetery. Unfortunately the gravestone is almost completely covered by an overgrown bush but the base plinth can be seen with an inscription and John Kent’s name on it.

      I have attached an aerial map indicating the area of the gravestone and also a photo of the stone (arrowed).

  26. jean ward

    Hi my gran jane cousten is buried in Corbett st cemetery I know where the grave is but don’t know the lair no or section as would like to know who else is in lair with her thank you

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Jean,
      Thanks for your comment on the site.

      Your Gran Jane Couston is buried in Section 8 Lair 52.

      The records we have access to show that there are 4 people in the lair;

      1) 23 January 1922 Sarah Ward aged 56 years
      2) 27 March 1933 John Ward aged 71 years
      3) 21 July 1954 John Ward aged 65 years
      4) 1 May 1969 Jane Couston aged 73 years

      There is also another Couston grave in the cemetery which may also be your family members. This is at Section J Lair 9 and the stone indicates that interred there is Samuel Couston & and his wife Annie Jessie Duncan and their 2 children Annie and Robert and Robert’s wife Margaret.

  27. Joanne Cameron

    Hello, I was wondering if it would be possible to find the burial location and if there is one a headstone for my GGG Grandmother who was buried in the Tollcross Churchyard.
    Margaret Gardner nee Malcolm died on the 24th July 1876 and buried on the 27th July. It is possible there may be other family members there as well.
    Any help would be most appreciated as I am too far away to look for myself.
    Kind regards
    Jo Cameron
    New Zealand

    1. Raymond Loughran

      Hi Jo

      If you already have the information you were looking for,please ignore this message.
      However,if not i can visit the graveyard to have a look if you wish.


  28. Nicola McDade

    Hi there, I wonder if anyone can help. My mum lost her brother aged 13 back in 1944 a Roy McLaren. He was buried alongside his grandparents, George and Rachel Whitelaw. My mum is now 84 and has not returned to the grave for many years, as it is a difficult memory even now, to further compound this the last she visited the gravestone was knocked over and in disrepair. She looked into having it repaired but was never able to have it done. I plan to visit from London at the end of May and we are taking a tour of Tollcross to show me where she grew up. If at all possible it would be wonderful to be able to visit the grave and pay our respects but to do this I’d really to know if the memorials in the cemetery are ever repaired. If not could you point me in the direction of someone who I could speak to who would be able to help assist us in arranging this. if you could you provide me with the contact details of who I could speak to I know it would mean the world to my mum. Many thanks for your kind attention. My very best wishes, Nicola

  29. Anthea Wilkinson

    Hello Bob,
    My name is Anthea Wilkinson and I live in Australia. I have a certificate From the Tollcross Central Church Burying Ground to say that my great grandmother Mrs Mary Nimmo Ralston had the rights of burial to the lair numbered 886 (“Section: – Ground: New”), dated 7th February 1897. The certificate was numbered 3678. I think my great grandmother was buried there in the late 1940s or very early 1950s, and my grandmother Elizabeth Ralston McDowell’s ashes were brought and placed there from Australia by her son in the 1990s. The gravesite doesn’t have a headstone, as far as I am aware. I visited the cemetery in 2013 but was unable to locate the grave. I am returning to visit Scotland in August this year, and I would very much like to find the gravesite and lay some flowers on it to pay my respects. Please, could you help me to locate it.
    Kind regards,
    Anthea Wilkinson

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Anthea,
      I’ve sent you an email with details of the lair 886 and who was buried in it along with some other info. Hope this info is good for you.

      1. Anthea Wilkinson

        Hello Bob,
        I have just received your email, and am very grateful for the effort you have gone to in finding and sending all this amazing information about the lair and my family. It is very special to realise that there are so many of my family laid to rest there, and I would be delighted to meet with someone at the Cemetery when I come to Glasgow in August and be shown exactly where the location is. It would be very helpful to have the location pegged out, as I don’t think there is a headstone or anything else to mark the spot. I will find out more about Mary Nimmo Ralston from my mother and let you know what I discover, and I will also get back to you with the dates that I will be in Glasgow and arrange a time to meet at the Cemetary.
        Again, many thanks to you and the Parkhead History team for the information and photos you have been kind enough to send us. My mother will very much appreciate all of these.
        Kind regards,
        Anthea Wilkinson

  30. sandra McFarlane

    Hi there could you help me locate were my gran and grandad are.
    I have been down looking and can’t find them. Their names are Robert McFarlane and Jenny Nyguist McFarlane I can’t remember what years ago. I would be very grateful for any information
    Sandra McFarlane

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Sandra,
      We’ve sent you an email with the Lair location for Jenny Nyguist Mcfarlane and John Mcfarlane. Jenny (Janet) died 27th January 1960, she was aged 64. Robert McFarlane (widower) was the informant of the death and therefore died after 1960. They were living at 119 Glenshee Street at the time of her death.

  31. Heather Spence

    Dear Bob,

    I would be most grateful if you could give me details of the location of the graves of the following relatives in Tollcross cemetery: my paternal grandparents, John & Emily Murdoch and great grandparents, Alice & James Murdoch, also of their other son Alex Murdoch and his wife Catherine (nee McPhee).

    Thank you very much, Heather

  32. Jane Lonsdale

    My Grandmother Jane Black Foster and Grandfather Henry were buried in tollcross cemetery I believe can you help and confirm if any any other relatives with names Black and foster as well as my Grandparents were buried here. My Gran died oct 9th 1969. Thank you Jane

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Jane,
      Your grandmother Jane Foster was buried on 11 Oct 1969 in Section 8 Lair 48. I need more info on the other family members to check these.
      I’ve sent you an email with all the details.

  33. Rorrison

    Mr grandfather and mother and aunt Ella were all buried in the same lair however I do not know where. My grandfather Rorrison died 1957 and my Aunt Ella Rorrison died approx 1980. Can you help. I would like to visit their grave.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Barbara,
      What was your mothers fullname and maiden name and when did she die? Where did your grandfather die? a search from 1955 to 1960 shows no results for Rorrison in Lanarkshire.
      Can you give more info for your aunt Ella?

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Irene,

      The records we have access to only go up to 1974. I’ve sent you an email with other details to try and help you.

  34. Carol Ward

    I am trying to trace the Jaap family (William and Euphemia (Pearston). The 1851 census shows that they lived at Fore Square, Shettleston, Tollcross. There is no record of them in the 1861 census, but William was deceased by 1862. When his son William Jaap married Catherine McClure. I think that William was buried in the local cemetery and I would be delighted if anyone has any info. Thank you.

  35. irene groves

    Hi can anyone help im trying to find my grandads grave he died on 7th march 1988 cant find it as no head stone thanks

  36. Anne Callan

    I am looking for a possible headstone for Isabella Mitchell. I know she is buried in plot No. 63 as I found the lair record in the Mitchell Library. The plot is owned by Alexander Shanks of Camlachie. Isabella was buried 5th October 1855. Can you help please?

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Anne,

      I’ve sent you a reply to your email about the headstone but it’s pretty much overgrown and will need a few hours work to fully uncover it but cannot guarantee legibility of it.

  37. jackie cook

    My grandad was buried in Tollcross cemetery in 1948…his name was David macfarlane.
    We have travelled from fife to try and find his grave but never did..
    I do know he is in beside his daughter…she died when she was 2…
    Her name was ann Macfarlane.
    I was wondering if you could help…
    Thank you.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Jackie,

      Sorry about your wasted journey from the Kingdom but we have good news for you. David Macfarlane and his daughter Ann are buried in Section D Lair 50. David’s sister Gladys is also in the same lair. I’ve sent you further info to your emaill address.

  38. Helen

    My ancestor Robert Paterson Snr of Hamilton Farm purchased Lair 358 at Tollcross Burying Ground in September 1832

    A few years ago my Dad and his brother got details of various family members interred there from 1867 – 1877, and then there is a gap and another list starts again from 1884 to 1908.

    Would this family grave still exist, and is there any way to find out who it was used for before 1884?

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Helen,

      Yes the grave still exists but I’m not sure there is a headstone at it as quite a few have now gone or been toppled. The lair is in the old church yard section of the graveyard.

      I’ve emailed you a reply to your comment with further info.

  39. Anne Lawrie

    Thank you so much for the information and photo of my ancestors’ grave. I didn’t know there were so many of them there and I’ve filled in a few more pieces in my family history. I shall certainly be visiting the grave sometime soon.

  40. Anne Lawrie

    I have the death certificate for my great, great grandfather, Archibald Gray who died in 1857, aged 66 and the burial place is listed as “Tolcrofs” as certified by Edward Marshall, grave digger.
    He died in Dalry in Ayrshire but there are family connections with that area, as his son, Andrew is listed in the 1861 census as having been born in Tolcrofs, Lanarkshire.
    His wife, Janet or Jane, is listed on his death certificate as deceased, but I can’t find any record of her death. She was on the 1851 census, having been born in Parkhead, so she must have died between 1851 & 1857. They may be buried in the same place.
    Have I got the correct burial ground or is there another one somewhere else with a similar name?
    I would appreciate any help you can give me.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Anne,

      I’ve checked out your comment and sent you an email with all the info you require

  41. William

    Hi can anyone help my uncle James Grieg was reportedly buried in this grave yard.
    He dies as an infant and was buried in a shares grave I think it would have been in the 60s we have never been able to find the plot. Any help or information would be really appreciated

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi William,

      I’ve forwarded you the info you require. Your uncle was buried in Tollcross Cemetery on 17 March 1958 in Common Ground Old. Old means the old section of the graveyard I believe which is in the walled section where the original church once stood.

  42. tam gorman

    cannot find grave of my mother in law georgina collins,I do remember it was down at bottom of graveyard beside wall,my wife would love to visit as she is unwell and would cheer her up no end

  43. Robert Ramsay

    Hi Bob,
    I have just read my e-mails after sending you the previous comment regarding a possible map!All the information I asked you for is in that e-mail so im sorry for bothering you again!I cant thank you enough for your help,it has been invaluable to me.

    many thanks again

  44. Robert Ramsay

    Hi Bob,
    Thank you very much for the information regarding my daughter Nicola’s resting place inTollcross Cemetey.It is my intention to visit the cemetery within the next couple of weeks.Could you tell me if there are details within the cemetery as to how to find the relevant sections and lair numbers,perhaps a map or suchlike?

    Thank you again.

  45. Robert Ramsay

    Hello,im wondering if you can help me locate the grave of my daughter who was buried in a communal grave within Tollcross Cemetery back in January 1973. Her name was Nicola Ramsay,born 5/1/1973 and died 2days later on 7/1/1973.We were not given any information as to the position of the plot as was normal back at that time.However I feel that after all these years I would like to locate the whereabouts of her remains.Any information you could give me with regards to a plot number would be very much appreciated. thank you.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      HI Robert,

      Your daughter Nicola is laid to rest in Lair number 2, Section 19 in the cemetery. She was buried on 11 January 1973.

  46. Joan N.

    Hello. Shall shortly be visiting Glasgow and would like to see the grave of John Traquair Strang, wife Euphemia Creelman (Nisbett), and family. If the headstone still survives, I’d be most grateful if you could let me know its location in the cemetery.
    Thanking you,

  47. Marie Therese Hayes

    Hi i have been researching my husbands family and it would seem his 3 great grandmother was buried in Tollcross in 1858. I see your rcords do mot go that far back but was wondering if the headstones were still standing for the older graves. Her name was Jessie Turnbull.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Marie,

      The records that we have seen date from 1879 to 1974 and I’m not sure if earlier records are held by anyone (such asThe Mitchell). I have benn recently informed that the Mitchell digitizing project(s) for their burial records are now nearing completion and could be available soon but how soon, soon is, is anybody’s guess. I’ve sent you further info to your email.

  48. Mrs Rena McCarthy

    A few years ago whilst researching my Mackenzies, who worked for Colin Dunlop at Clyde Ironworks and buried in Tollcross, I was informed that there are no records prior to 1879. I was lucky in that another am. researcher stumbled across two Mackenzie headstones dating as far back as 1819.

    However, since that time, I’m given to understand that the Lair registers dating from the time the Tollcross churchyard was opened in 1807 are on microfilm in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Rena,

      I’m not so sure that the Mitchell has the pre 1879 records but we will know soon as all the Mitchell records are currently being digitised for preparation prior to them going on scotlands people. I believe the scans have been done and are of good quality but all the indexing is outstanding/ongoing.
      The records that I have viewed for Tollcross Burying Ground between 1879 and 1974 are held by the Mormon Church of the LDS and need to be ordered for viewing at the Local Family History Centres.
      I’ll email you further details.

  49. Elaine

    On the death certificate of my 4x great grandfather’s sister Susanna Carbans Marshall (nee Leishman), it states that she was buried in Tollcross Burial Ground. She died in 1855.

    1. Bob Winning Post author

      Hi Elaine,
      1855 is just a little too early for the records we have. I think the records pre 1879 have been lost through the years. The only info on the older dates is from the surviving headstone memorials and if we come across the info you quote we will certainly pass it on.
      We have sent you an email with the information we have at present but will update this should we find more.


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