Currie Kirk yard is full of them: Dead Interesting People that is. And on June 9th over a hundred people turned out to explore the Kirk yard, tour the Kirk and study the maps, lists and family trees laid out for inspection. Much of the printed information is currently available for inspection in an exhibition in Currie Library on Lanark Road until the end of the month.
There was a lot to,... er, unearth. There is a group of fascinating eighteenth century stones decorated with carvings of skull and crossbones with inscriptions in Latin and in English. Many of the papermakers of the area are buried here and participants were able to add to our knowledge of these families which brought employment to the valley in years gone by. Two of the Society members are expert in the memorials of those who fell in the World Wars : their expertise was much valued as was the tour of the eighteenth century kirk and its special features. The afternoon was organised by the Currie and District Local History Society and supported by the Kirk , not least by its excellent Thursday cafe which did a roaring trade in coffee and cakes the whole afternoon. Those interested can find out more in the news items on this website.