This is the resting place of philosopher David Hume who died in 1776. Hume prescribed this “simple Roman tomb” which stands, as he wished it, on the Eastern slope of the Calton Hill overlooking his home in the New Town of Edinburgh at No. 1 St. David Street. Hume also wrote his own epitaph: “Born 1711, […]
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Alan Turing, pioneer of computer science, lived and died here. On 8 June 1954, Turing’s cleaner found him dead; he had died the previous day. A post-mortem examination established that the cause of death was cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined that he had committed suicide, and he was cremated at Woking crematorium on 12 June […]
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This modern bronze statue on a Clashach sandstone plinth depicts David Hume, the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher. The one-and-a-half times life size statue was completed by sculptor Alexander ‘Sandy’ Stoddart in1995 It was commissioned by the Saltire Society, as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations and the funding for the project was derived from an international appeal headed by the Duke […]
Brookwood Cemetery, the largest in the UK, is the resting place of secularist politician Charles Bradlaugh. Bradlaugh died in 1891 as the House of Commons expunged the resolutions forbidding him to take his seat. He was buried at Brookwood in the presence of thousands of his admirers. He is buried in a family grave in plot 108. The […]
Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. Since it was built it has been the place where the coronations of Kings and Queens of England have been held. A number of humanists’ remains are buried in the Abbey. Scientist Charles Darwin and […]
At the garden’s centre is an obelisk commemorating novelist George Eliot. It was originally in Ardbury Park and was moved when the garden was created in 1952. The George Eliot Fellowship holds a wreath-laying ceremony on the site every June to celebrate the author. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to […]
This stone cairn on a hillside in Lubitavish townland, near the Glenaan River was erected in 1989 in memory of poet John Hewitt who loved the area. It is located near ‘Ossian’s Grave’, a megalithic court cairn. Although dating from the Stone Age, Ossian’s Grave is traditionally believed to be the burial place of Ossian, the […]
The ‘John Hewitt Bar and Restaurant’ is named after the poet, atheist and Freeman of Belfast John Hewitt. The bar, opened in1999, is named after him because in1983 he officially opened The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, who own the establishment. The Resource Centre’s managers had always relied on grants to fund its work, when in the mid ninties, […]
A statue to secularist and social reformer Charles Bradlaugh is located on a traffic island at Abington Square, Northampton. Bradlaugh is remembered annually on his birthday 26 September. Visiting The statue is in a public space.