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 Piershill Cemetery

Formerly the site of part of Piershill Barracks

Funeral Procession for 'The Great Lafayette'  -  1911

Funeral Procession for 'The Great Lafayette' entering Piershill Cemetery  -  1911

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Neil Watson, Peebles, Borders, Scotland                                            Photographer not known

 

Lafayette's Funeral

Procession Entering Piershill Cemetery

Thank you to Neil Watson for allowing me to reproduce this photo that he found in one of his boxes of old postcards.

Acknowledgement:  Neil Watson, Peebles, Borders, Scotland:  August 4, 2010

 

Update

1.

Brian Alexander

Prestonfield, Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian Alexander for providing more information about Lafayette and his death at the Empire Palace Theatre in Edinburgh.

Brian wrote:

Procession

"I just noticed Eric Gold's recollection relating to the death of 'The Great Lafayette' aka Sigmund Neuberger  in a fire at the Empire Palace Theatre on 9 May 1911.  Here is photograph of his funeral procession.

Beauty

There is always confusion regarding the death of his dog, 'Beauty'.  She did not die in the fire; she died four days previously and is buried in Peirshill Cemetery.   'Beauty' was given to Lafayette by his good friend Harry Houdini. **

Beauty

**   In his book, 'Eccentric Edinburgh', JK Gillon says that:

Lafayette had his cross-bred terrier, Beauty, embalmed following the dog's death from apoplexy on May 5, 1911.

-  Lafayette was then given permission for the dog to be buried at Piershill Cemetery, provided he agreed to be buried at the same cemetery.

-  It was only four days later that Lafayette died in the fire at the Empire Theatre when a lamp fell amongst the scenery while he was performing in front of an audience of 3,000.

-  The first car in Lafayette's long cortège was his silver-grey Mercedes, the sole passenger being Mabel, a Dalmatian hound.

-  There was a ceremonial at the cemetery as  Beauty's coffin was opened and Lafayette's ashes were placed beside the dog.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 4, 2010

 

Stage Double

"Interestingly, when the fire damage was cleared another body was found dressed exactly as Lafayette, this was his stage double used in his act. ** "

Brian Alexander

Stage Double

**  In his book, 'Eccentric Edinburgh', JK Gillon says:

-  a charred body was found, near the stage, wearing Lafayette's costume

-  a further search of the basement revealed another body dressed as Lafayette, this one wearing the diamond rings that Lafayette always wore.

-  The first body to be found was, in fact, one of the doubles that Lafayette often used in his act.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 4, 2010

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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