Scottish Cemetery Kolkata
Tom came down with a bad bout of Calcut gut (it was the hooghly halibut..) and departed for bed. In his absence work at site dramatically increased in pace ………
the Times of India descended upon the team for an interviewed piece – a curiously posed photograph of the entire team recording a single headstone may make the Sub-continental media on the morrow….
……the Governor, who is a grandson of the Mahatma, is held in great respect and affection in West Bengal. The conversation was relaxed and ranged over all the heritage issues of Calcutta, The role and history of the Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland and the ambition to provide skills training through the Scottish Cemetery project
read more here:
More than four centuries after she was executed in England for treason by her cousin, Elizabeth I, a row has broken out over the rightful resting place of Mary Queen of Scots, and her true place in the pantheon of Scottish heroes.For Christine Grahame, MSP, Mary was “an iconic historical Scots figure” and this week the SNP member for the South of Scotland will begin a campaign in the Scottish Parliament to repatriate her remains from Westminster Abbey. But the move has been branded a stunt by Ms Grahame’s political opponents and dismissed as crazy by Jenny Wormald, one of the leading academic authorities on the queen’s life and death.
There is something funny about petty nationalistic politics being played out by people who don’t really understand the past properly.. like the terrible moment in an SNP rally when we were treated to Calgacus’s speech before the crushing defeat by the Romans at Mons Graupius… er… I was forced to point out… er…. a) Scotland did not exist then… and er… they were not Scots (who came from Ireland much much later)
Speaking as a Briton from East Lothian that is ! 🙂
So as she actually wanted to be buried in France.. and her son buried her in Westminster.. just leave her alone.
About 3,000 skeletons are to be reburied in an Anglo-Saxon ceremony at a North Lincolnshire church where they were discovered almost 30 years ago.
A spokesman for English Heritage said the service on Friday evening would be spoken in Anglo Saxon, as a mark of respect.
Thoughts? Act of respect or shameless stunt?
I tend to agree with the concept though… but what about the Neolithic and Bronze Age bodies… do we carry out ceremonies we don’t know in a language we don’t know?