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Scottish Bodysnatchers
Scottish Bodysnatchers

Scottish Bodysnatchers

A Gazetteer


128 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $23.95 (US $23.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: December 2010

ISBN 9780752456034

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Dec 2010)


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Graverobbing was a dark but profitable industry in pre-Victorian Scotland, as criminals, gravediggers, and middle-class medical students alike stole newly-buried corpses for the anatomy schools. Only after the trials of the infamous murderers Burke and Hare did the grisly trade end—murderers whose dissected skeletons are pictured in this book. From burial grounds in the heart of Glasgow and Edinburgh to quiet country graveyards in the Scottish Borders and Aberdeenshire, this book takes you to every cemetery ever raided, tells the ghoulish stories of what went on there, and describes the remains that can be seen today. It reveals where to find every existing piece of anti-resurrectionist graveyard furniture, from mortsafes, coffin cages, and underground vaults to watchtowers and morthouses. Richly illustrated and also including Robert Louis Stevenson's classic short story The Body Snatcher, this macabre guide will delight residents and tourists alike.

Author Biography

Geoff Holder is a full-time author who specializes in Scotland's dark side. A former television/video producer and scriptwriter, his credits include Mysterious Scotland, and he is the author of all nine volumes of The Guide to Mysterious series. He gives talks throughout the year on topics including historical witchcraft, holy wells, Aleister Crowley, ghosts, big cats, bodysnatching, myths and legends, and the mysterious in general.