Witness appeal following vandalism at an East Neuk cemetery

Kilrenny Cemetery
Kilrenny Cemetery
  • Public urged to help police with enquiries
  • Ancient grave vandalised between March 1 and 8
  • Grave belongs to a shipowner, farmer and magistrate
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Police are appealing for witnesses following vandalism to a grave in the East Neuk.

The incident took place sometime between March 1 and 8 at the cemetery in Kilrenny.

This has been a grossly disrespectful act of destruction to an ancient grave, which has caused great distress to the local parishioners.

Inspector Joanne McEwan

A member of the public found one of the burial sites had been partially dug up and the headstone removed.

The grave belongs to a Stephen Williamson, who was a local shipowner, farmer and magistrate within the East Neuk and who died in 1816.

His wife, Mary Grieve, who died in 1828, is also buried within the plot.

The couple’s grandson Stephen Williamson went on to become a well-known Liberal MP in the region in the 1880s.

Enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the vandalism are ongoing and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is asked to come forward.

Inspector Joanne McEwan said: “This has been a grossly disrespectful act of destruction to an ancient grave, which has caused great distress to the local parishioners.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the cemetery in the past week or so.

“In addition, anyone with information that can help us identify those responsible is also asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.