Edinburgh's Miniature Coffins

Oct 10, 2017, 12:59 PM

In June of 1836, a group of boys set out for Arthur's Seat looking for rabbits. In a small opening in the rock, almost hidden from view, they found something else. Seventeen miniature coffins, each one containing a small wooden figure, dressed in hand stitched clothes. But who put them there, and what did they represent?

Sources and further reading:

'Mystery of the Miniature Coffins', NMS: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/scottish-history-and-archaeology/mystery-of-the-miniature-coffins/

'Murder Dolls', Atlas Obscura: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/burke-hare-murder-dolls

Wikipedia - Arthur's Seat / Anatomy Act 1832 / Burke and Hare Murders / Grave Robbery