The Friends of Morningside Cemetery was originally formed in 2016, on the initiative of the late Dianne Savage, to help the community of Morningside make the most of the amenity of Morningside Cemetery. For some time we were under the aegis of the Friends of Morningside Cemetery Subcommittee of Morningside Community Council but, in December 2018 we were constituted as a separate entity .

Our aims are to make sure the cemetery is protected, conserved and, where necessary, restored, to increase the biodiversity of the cemetery, to make the history of the cemetery and those buried there more widely known, to interest the wider public in the cemetery, and to promote it as an area of quiet reflection and enjoyment by the community in Morningside.

Members form regular working gardening parties to tidy up the cemetery, cut back invasive shrubs, clear weeds, and plant bulbs and seeds, all with the support and encouragement of The City of Edinburgh Council’s Department of Parks and Greenspace.

We have lobbied, successfully, for improved signage to the cemetery and the provision of more benches. The Friends obtained funding for the erection of an interpretation panel at both of the two entrances to the cemetery and these are now in place.

After undertaking research to identify all the casualties of war commemorated in the cemetery, the Friends organised a commemoration in November 2018 of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, involving the local South Morningside Primary School.  Occasional guided walks around the cemetery are also organised.

Future plans include improving the natural diversity by encouraging wildlife with appropriate planting and by erecting bat- and bird-boxes, development of a website to provide more information about the cemetery, and raising funds for the re-erection of some of the many fallen gravestones in the cemetery.  A major aim is to obtain a Green Flag Award for the cemetery.

List title
  • Item 1

    The grave stone of Alison Cunningham, Robert Louis Stevenson's nurse 'Cummy'

  • Item 2

    One of the more elaborate gravestones in the cemetery.

The Cross of Sacrifice
In November 2018 a poppy was placed around the Cross of Sacrifice for very war casualty commemorated in the cemetery.

Contact us by email on
Community Web Kit provided free by BT