- A lair is a piece (or plot) of land within a burial ground (Kirkyard or Cemetery), bought or inherited by an individual or family, for the purpose of burying members of family (or sometimes close friends or employees). There may be several hundred lairs within a burial ground depending on the size of the Kirkyard. Some families may have purchased several lair's for the family. Easiest thing is to think of a piece of land criss-crossed with lines - each of those small boxes would be called a lair.
The burial records, which still survive may show all those buried in the lair. These are kept in the north-east of Scotland at main registrar offices - check out Family History section of Aberdeenshire Council website for further details - www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk - however they are often not complete and the amount of information still existing can vary enormously from one burial ground to another.
Hope this helps.
Sent: Sunday, 26 July, 2009 12:35:07 PM
Subject: [Peterhead] re lair
does that mean lair is a Scots word for "cemetary"?
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