Lothian Cemetery

Lothian Cemetery
Located on Lothian Road near Kashmeri Gate on the northeast side of the railway bridge, Lothian cemetery is the first British cemetery of Delhi. The members of Delhi’s Christian community were buried in this old cemetery from 1808 to 1867. The main feature of the cemetery is the imposing memorial in form of huge Celtic cross dedicated to the Europeans who were killed in Delhi during the first war of Indian Independence in 1857. The cemetery has many marked and unmarked graves, some of which have very elaborate tombstones. The marked graves are pre-war ones. Among them the most peculiar grave is of Thomas Dunnes, which is an eight-pillared building surmounted by a dome. Colonel James Skinner built this large red sandstone memorial in memory of his close friend.

 

Lothian Cemeter

 

The cemetery is in a dilapidated condition as many families reside within the cemetery and vandalism is rampant here. Earlier, the area was very peaceful and green until the British brought the railway line to Delhi.