The History of Leith

February 26, 2012

A curious relic of Holyrood

A curious relic of the ancient tenants of the monastery was found by the workmen, consisting of a skull, which had no doubt formed the solitary companion of one of the monks. It had a hole in the top of the cranium, which served, most probably, for securing a crucifix, and over the brow was traced in antique characters, Memento mori.
This solitary relic of the furniture of the abbey was procured by the late Sir Patrick Walker, and is still in possession of his family.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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