The Eastern Cemetery

The Eastern Cemetery is approximately 12.2 acres and was opened in 1885.

Click to view mapProximity to the Hibernian Football Club Stand has ensured that this cemetery is a popular final resting place for many avid Football fans as well as originally being a final resting place for many families from the Pleasance all the way down to Leith Walk and the Kirkgate in Leith.

Currently burials often come from farther afield but usually because there are already family ties with the cemetery.

There are still the original fine Victorian Cast Iron Gates at the end of Drum Terrace but the entrance is now approx. 20 or so feet behind them as access has been given to the original Lodge House which is now in private hands, on the left hand side, and a block of private flats to the right.

The First & Second World War Memorials are within one hundred yards of the entrance and visible from the gate.


Facing the entrance there is also a 3ft 6 high light Grey Granite Memorial dedicated to the memory of the many babies buried within the Cemetery in communal unmarked graves. Fortunately this unacceptable practice was terminated in the 1980's and now the Edinburgh Council provides small individual graves or cremation for pre and neonatal deaths at Mortonhall Cemetery and now most recently Craigmillar Castle Cemetery. This has been done in consultation with SANDS Lothians, a Charity set up to comfort and counsel bereaved parents in their loss. The memorial is set in a flower bed and several parents have placed vases and flowers in memory.

There are around 100 graves in the Cemetery marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Eastern Cemetery has been mentioned in several Inspector Rebus novels by lan Rankin and indeed the "Eastern" has been used several times for filming for the "Rebus" television series as well as scenes in other TV films.


Unfortunately in the past, probably due to the fact the Lodge House is in private hands, the Eastern Cemetery has been the target of several outbreaks of vandalism and many dozens of larger Memorials were pushed over, this added to the number of memorials which are blown over in storms has resulted in the cemetery not looking as well as the management and her staff would wish. In the interest of Health & Safety all the Memorials are checked biannually. The main strategy is to make sure that new memorials are fixed securely to the British Standard 8415 with a minimum guarantee of between ten and 30 years. The Company has a planned programme of re-erecting smaller memorials. In the case of graves where there is no contact address the larger and broken Memorials may be interred in the graves in the interest of aesthetics.


Garden of Remembrance
It is more important than ever before, to remember those who have gone before.

Although Cremated remains can be interred in any family grave the Eastern Cemetery has a dedicated area laid out for the interment of cremation caskets. Each Lair (grave) will hold 4 caskets. Having ashes buried can give a "point of contact" with the deceased person and many families find it a great comfort to have a place to visit after a bereavement.

More and more people have come to recognise the importance of retaining fond memories of those departed and changes in personal attitudes in recent years reflect the preference that now exists for burial after cremation.

So why add to the trauma of bereavement by scattering the ashes of loved ones when you can keep them close... by providing a permanent place of rest in our Garden of Remembrance?


Set in an exclusive location within the cemetery, the garden offers peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings enabling you to pay your respects in the knowledge that some essential part of those departed stays with you always.

To complete the tribute, you may wish to personalise the location with a memorial selected from our extensive range of quality stones, specifically made for this purpose and which can be designed and inscribed in accordance with your exact wishes. In doing so, you can commemorate the lives of your loved ones and provide a place of contact and remembrance for generations to come.