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Soutar's Grave

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William Soutar


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Perth PH2 0EX
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Soutar's Grave

This is located in the Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery in Perth. Enter by the Jeanfield or Rannoch Road gates and walk alongside the leftmost (west) boundary wall on the map below. The family headstone is located on the boundary wall of the Jeanfield section (white plots), as indicated on the map. It stands on the brow of a small hill, adjacent to a line of trees.

Refurbishment

In October 2013, to mark the 70th anniversary of his death, the Friends unveiled a fully restored gravestone, inclding a new base, cleaned face, repainted lettering and a discreet plaque bearing the words: "Whan the sang is owre | the quiet comes in".

janette soutar by grave

Pictured by the cleaned stone is Janette Soutar, the poet's cousin, who first drew attention to the deteriorating condition of the grave in 2000. "Lots of people are unaware he is buried so close to the town," said Janette. "It's just so nice to have it done after all these years."

refurbished gravestone
new signage for grave

In addition to the stone, new signage was added to the maps at each of the three main gates to the cemetery, and a small plaque added to each frame.

Roben Antoniewicz assisted with graphic design. Stone restoration was carried out by Ian Bruce of Lochgelly, and signage was provided by the Sign Shop at Bridgend. The Perth Common Good Fund contributed to signage costs.

Richard Smith, PKC's Principal Bereavement Services Officer said: "The signs look fine and are quite unobtrusive. Well done to all involved."

Membership of FoWSS is free, and you have the opportunity to organise or participate in projects designed to promote Soutar and his works. In addition, members receive an annual newsletter, notification of all FoWSS events and publications, and are invited to an annual Soutar Tea held at the Soutar House. Please use the Contact page if you would like to find out more about FoWSS.