The Paisley Cemetery Company Limited started business in 1845, to provide additional burial space at Woodside in response to the needs of a rapidly growing local population. Woodside Cemetery was laid out that same year, to a design drawn up by Stewart Murray, curator of Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
Situated on a low hill-top position between Woodside House and Ferguslie House, the “garden cemetery” extended to just over 20 acres and incorporated the recently built Martyr’s Church and the adjacent Covenanter Martyrs Memorial. Murray’s design was inspired by the earlier garden cemetery, The Glasgow Necropolis, which also took its inspiration from Pere Lachaise, the first hill-top garden cemetery, in Paris, laid out in 1804 by Alexandre-Theodore Brongiart.
Murray’s recommendations on planting on cemeteries made good use of evergreens and Woodside was no exception, with trees such as yew, holly, cypress and cedar and shrubs such as laurel, rhododendron and box.
Unfortunately, the cemetery has no new graves available for purchase, however if you have an existing grave and there is sufficient capacity then it is possible to for a burial to be arranged. It may of interest to know that even when a grave is considered “full” for coffined burials it possibly will accommodate several burials of ashes. Please contact the office if you require any further information or assistance.
Should you wish to install a memorial on the grave an application giving full details of the proposed memorial together with a copy of the original title deeds to the grave should be submitted for approval.