We recently contacted a variety of groups associated with descendants of residents of Quarriers as well as former residents themselves asking about their recollections of Nittingshill Cemetery and what may have been in place to mark individual graves. This was in response to a request from a former resident for Quarriers to reinstate markers. At the time, we made a commitment to replace what had been there and we took this opportunity to consult more widely and to understand what had been in place. Over the past few months we have received just a few responses and have also asked any visitors to, as well as former residents and staff of Quarriers for their views. We have found that individual recollections differ greatly in terms of if individual markers were there, what they were made of and when they were in place.

We have found the below photographs of the Cemetery taken in 1929, 1945 and 1958. This appears to show flower beds as grave markers and what looks like bulbs or plants. This would appear to show us that from 1929 until 1958, flower beds were in place. If anyone has photographs or other information about what was in place before 1929 and following 1958, please contact us on hello@quarriers.org.uk.

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As we have not heard from a significant number of people, we are happy to keep all dialogue and lines of communication open with anyone who may wish to share their views.

We had initially put a deadline of 16 July so that we could carry out some initial works and improvements. These will start in early August and will consist of a new path, posts, chains and signage to demarcate the area as well as signage at both entrances to the Cemetery.

Two new signs will be added to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the period 1878 when Quarriers Village was established until 1888 when the Church and Cemetery opened. We will also erect a new sign commemorating all those who lost their lives between 1971, the last name on the current plaque, and 1998 when the last Children’s Home closed in Quarriers Village.

Please share this page with any descendant of former residents as well as former residents of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, also known as Quarriers Homes and currently Quarriers.

Please share your views with us directly at hello@quarriers.org.uk

Remembering those who went to Canada from the Orphan Homes of Scotland

Between 1870 and 1933, a total of 80,000 children moved to Canada through migration programmes, with around 7,000 children coming from The Orphan Homes of Scotland. It is estimated that there are around 250,000 descendants of these emigrants living in Canada today.

To remember those who moved to Canada from the Orphan Homes of Scotland, maple trees were planted in Quarriers Village, and two dedicated spaces of remembrance – the Canadian Garden and Maple Grove – were created.