Laying to rest one’s beloved family pet is always going to be a sad and moving experience. So it’s perhaps not surprising that burial services for animals have become increasingly popular, as owners take great care to give their best friends the dignified send-off they deserve.
But as the Soldier’s Dog Cemetery at Edinburgh Castle demonstrates, such practices are hardly new. Nor are they confined to the sinister annals of Hollywood horror fiction.
Located within the castle walls near Mill’s Mount, from where the One O’Clock Gun is fired, the pleasant little cemetery serves as final resting place of regimental mascots and officer’s pet dogs.
According to Only in Edinburgh, the Soldier’s Dog Cemetery, occupying the edge of a small garden, has been in use since the 1840s, shortly after the start of Queen Victoria’s reign.
And for all the castle’s amazing history and structural magnificence, the tiny burial ground remains one of its most touching features.