Happy Reaper at Sir Thomas Liptons grave

© Colin Mackie (Friends of Southern Necropolis)

Eastern Section of Southern Necropolis

Mental Meander with the Happy Reaper

Join Colin Mackie (aka The Happy Reaper) on a walk through the three sections of the Gorbals very own "City of the Dead" the Southern Necropolis.

The Southern Necropolis was opened in 1840 and is the final resting place for approximately 250,000 contributors to the rich historical legacy of the Gorbals and Glasgow, and the cemetery was the location of the legendary Gorbals Vampire incident of 1954. The three sections of the cemetery also contain the graves of characters such as Sir Thomas Lipton, Alexander Greek Thomson and the famous White Lady monument, walk round her three times saying out her name, or she might turn you to stone.

During your two hour visit to the Southern Necropolis, you will also be shown documents and photographs relating to other characters and aspects of the cemetery's history , and also the added bonus of a cup of tea at the end of the tour (Liptons of course)

Dates and times for tours can be arranged on request.

Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Friends of Southern Necropolis

Colin Mackie
89 Queen Mary Street
United Kingdom
G40 3LY

Key facilities

  • Parking
  • Disabled Parking

Tour information




  • Self drive
  • Train
  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Ancestry
  • Architecture
  • Ghosts and Supernatural
  • History
  • Walking
Friends of Southern Necropolis

Tour company information

Friends of Southern Necropolis

Constituted, not-for-profit, Community group who strive to promote and preserve the educational, environmental and historical assets of the Southern Necropolis. Opened in 1840 the cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 250,000 contributors to the rich historical legacy of the Gorbals and Glasgow. Buried here are the likes of Sir Thomas Lipton, Alexander Greek Thomson, Allan Glen and the legendary White Lady monument (walk round her three times, so you won`t be turned to stone). The Southern Necropolis is also the location of the famous Gorbals Vampire incident of 1954.

Opening times

The Southern Necropolis is opened to the public 24/7. Although tours for groups or individuals, can be arranged when required.

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