We have received a number of questions on whether researchers can purchase the gravestone photographs we have taken. These are now available. Please be aware these are not printed photographs but are digital images in JPG format.
We have decided to sell photographs at a cost of £2.25 per gravestone once we have released a new Memorial Inscriptions booklet for a graveyard. We will show at the foot of this page a list of the graveyards where photos are available but initially this will only be for Balmaghie Churchyard in Kirkcudbrightshire and 2 graveyards at Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire.
When memorial recordings were originally completed it was custom not to record memorials after 1855 as from that date the Statutory Register of Deaths was introduced, and records are held by the Registrar General for Scotland at New Register House in Edinburgh and available online at ScotlandsPeople. Subsequently the nominal cut-off date for recording modern surveys is 1950, but this has not been adhered to rigidly. DGFHS decided in 2020 that future projects will not apply any cut-off date.
The Memorial Inscription booklets published from 2021, follow a Photographic Survey listing all stones found. In addition, we will also list transcriptions from previous surveys but where the stone is no longer visible but of course no photos are available for these..
We cannot be responsible for the clarity of all photographs as a large number are very weathered.
To purchase a photograph, you must first buy the Memorial Inscription booklet, and once you have found the gravestone(s) please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that a photo(s) exists. We will reply with confirmation and advise how to purchase in the Online Shop. On receipt of your purchase, we will email the digital images to you.
There may be more than one photo of a gravestone either because the photographer has taken more to aid clarity, because it is a double-sided stone or an obelisk, or because it is a large memorial. No matter how many photos there are of a single gravestone you will still only pay £2.25.