The chapel. At
one time, the internment ceremony would have taken place here. There was
speculation that the coffin was lowered into the vaults below the chapel,
although I have not seen evidence of this from my time spent in the vaults.
I've seen the destruction of the coffins and
the bodies strewn about in there, along the front passage. I'd say that 1
in 4 graves are desecrated; it is very sad. Further back into the vaults, there
is less destruction. I assume the darkness kept the vandals at bay.
All that remains today of the structure is a raised
mound centrally placed lengthways along the vaults. The skylights and
ventilation shafts have all been filled in now, none to late, but I remember my
mother who would now have been aged 86, telling me how the sunlight used to
shine out thru the portcullis windows along the front of the vaults at certain
times of the year.
There are two substantial monuments to my family in
Warriston, one still stands, sadly the other now lies flat face down."