The Skirving Grave
Athelstaneford kirk has many impressive graves including a number of medieval headstones. It is also the last resting place of Adam and Archibald Skirving. Both father and son are rememberd today for different creative works which are still admired and popular. Adam Skirving for his ballad Hey Johnny Cope and Archibald for one of the most recognisable images of Robert Burns.
The memorial to father and son is badly damaged and need of urgent repair and restoration. The restoration aims to make the grave and headstone safe for future generations and allow better interpretation so visitors to Athelstaneford can learn more about the lives of father and son.
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The repair costs and new path and setting for the grave are estimated at £8,500. You may make a donation on-line be credit or debit card or by making a bank transfer or sending a cheque. Click to donate or email
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The lower part of the grave has failed completely and needs to be built up with sandstone rubble to match the surrounding walls and pointed in lime mortar.
The uper areas will have the old decayed cement pointing and vegitation carefully removed and be repointed with lime mortar.
An older, origional, headstone is lying horrizontally this will be carefully hand brushed to remove the moss and vegetation. Any loose parts or laminated inscriptions will be reattached.
The restoration of the Skirving Grave will fit into the wider landscape works which are planned. Natural stone paving will lead off the new resin bound path to the grave helping to highlight the importance of the Skirving Grave.