Coffins found on Arthur's Seat
1836 five young boys, hunting for rabbits on Arthur's seat
found 17 minature coffins hidden inside a cave.
were arranged under slates on three teirs, two tiers of eight
and one solitary coffin on the top. Each coffin, only 4 inches
in length contained a little wooden figure, expertly carved
with painted black boots and custom made clothes.
ones on the bottom teir were more deteriorated suggesting
that they had been placed there at different times, the ones
on top being the most recent.
But what do they represent?
there have been many suggestions, they were witches voodoo
dolls, good luck charms carried by sailors then buried once
they had served their purpose and one theory is that they
represent the victims of Burke
& Hare. (Burke was hung in 1829, just seven
years before to the dolls were found.)
fact remains that whoever was responsible for placing them
there took their secret to their own grave and the little
coffins are just as much a mystery today.
were held by a private collector until 1901 when they were
presented to The
Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh where eight
of them are on display to the public today, the remainder
have since crumbled to dust.