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Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock

Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock

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Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock

Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock

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© The Keasbury-Gordon Photograph Archive / Mary Evans

Grave Greenock Highland Marys


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Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock: A Victorian Memento of Love and Loss This evocative vintage photograph captures the haunting beauty of Highland Mary's Grave in Greenock, Scotland. The image, part of The Keasbury-Gordon Photograph Archive Collection from Mary Evans Prints Online, transports us back in time to the late Victorian or Edwardian era, with its soft focus, muted colors, and intriguing story. The grave, adorned with a lantern, stands as a poignant reminder of the tragic love story of Mary MacDonald and her Highland lover. According to local legend, Mary, a young woman from Greenock, fell in love with a Highlander who was passing through the town. Despite their different social backgrounds and the disapproval of their families, they were determined to be together. However, their happiness was short-lived as the man was called away to fight in a far-off war. Mary waited for him, but he never returned. Heartbroken, she died of a broken heart and was buried on a hill overlooking the Clyde estuary, where her grave remains to this day. The lantern on her grave is said to have been lit every night by locals, ensuring that her love would never be forgotten. The photograph, with its ethereal quality and moody atmosphere, invites us to pause and reflect on the enduring power of love and loss. The image is a testament to the past, a snapshot of history that continues to captivate and inspire us, and a reminder of the stories that lie hidden within the old stones of Scotland's rich cultural heritage.

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