Mary Fairbairn Edinburgh Eastern Cemetery Co Ltd


Managing Director of the Edinburgh Eastern Cemetery Co, 

Management of 30 acres of Private Cemetery Grounds in Edinburgh since 1981. at both Piershill Cemetery and Eastern Cemetery. Carrying out Burials and maintenance of grounds. Staff of 6-8 Grounds men and   2-4 Administration staff. Registrar of burials within grounds and lots of interaction with helping families search for ancestors and relatives.

For 10 years, Secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration, IBCM which then became Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. ICCM. This was the governing body of the business and was essential to keeping up to date with H & S, Legal requirements and continual professional development. .Alongside being Secretary I hosted many meetings in Edinburgh and was made a Fellow of ICCM in 2014.

Abercorn Memorials was formed in 1987 for the provision of Granite memorial headstones and repairs and additional inscriptions, initially in Edinburgh but then throughout the Lothians. This involved all the usual administration of a business but becoming aware of Geology and Geography to advise on the origin of marble and Granite.  I became a member of the Committe of the governing body of National Association of Memorial Masons, NAMM in 1995 and progressed to become 3rd female President in 2003/4. This involved travelling 6 or more times a year to NAMMs offices in Rugby as well as telephone, and email contact. This was during a particularly difficult period of Health and Safety issues raised by local authorities regarding old unstable Memorials in Cemeteries all over the UK.


Abercorn Choices,was formed to provide a customer centered funeral service in Edinburgh and this was using my previous knowledge of bereavement from the other businesses by trying to provide a cost effective funeral for families. Although we did carry out many traditional funerals, we carried out many, many more using out own fleet of Chrysler cars one of which had been converted with traditional hearse fittings. These cars were hired for around one third of the cost of the Traditional cars. I used my home as part of the business whereby families could have hours, if necessary, private time to say their final farewells.

I became a Member of SAIF, Society of Allied and Independant Funeral Directors but always felt that they regarded me as a bit eccentric in a solid male dominated business who didn't want to move away from a formula that earned them the most money. 

I had carried out over 1000 funerals from 2000 to 2019.

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Mary Fairbairn
PositionManaging Director 40yrs
TypeLimited Company
Head officeEdinburgh
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RoleGeneral Member

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