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Thursday, 6 March 2008

Scottish Cholera Epidimic

Scottish Cholera Epidimic. The Memorial in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, Scotland. Dumfries had an Asiatic Colera epidimic. In total there were 837 cases in Dumfries and 421 deaths. Maxwelltown had 237 cases and 127 deaths. These were the official figures but a higher figure of nearly 700 deaths was calculated by counting the number of coffins made during the attack. Out of a population of twelve thousand, that was a high toll. Most who died are buried in a special plot in St Michael's graveyard, here gangs of gravediggers were busy for weeks piling coffins tier upon tier. The memorial says 420.

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