Gravestones at St Fillan’s Church Fife

September 21st, 2012 § 2 comments

Some gravestones in St Fillan‘s church, which I used for some work in 2004. Even in 8 years, they’ve really weathered badly. Before long this kind of folk art from the 17th and 18th century will be gone.


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  • Glen Treanor says:

    In your first Picture, what does that image on the gravestone (the one that looks like a light bulb) represent? It is very unusual. Some of these gravestones look to be made from sandstone, which is very soft and errodes very quickly. Beautiful pictures….I wonder was the deceased a hairdresser that has a pair of scissors engraved on their memorial.

    • craig says:

      Hi Glen, the lightbulb is actually a skull and symbol of death/mortality. Due to the less refined skills of the stone masons, there are a lot of variety in how skulls were portrayed in this period. The scissors are a trade symbol, usually for a tailor. I think you’re right, a lot of the stones are made from sandstone.

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