Glasgow – The Southern Necropolis – Sir Thomas Lipton

His vision was to make tea, a drink once exclusive to those who could afford it, available to the masses.  He was 40 years old, Glaswegian from no hint of upper crust upbringing and his name is synonymous with tea the world over (although I admit to being a Twininings person myself). Sir Thomas Lipton was certainly the face of tea for me growing up in the USA; and until Celestial Seasonings came along was probably the only tea I saw on the shelves.  His is the most illustrious grave in the Southern Necropolis, on the edge of The Gorbals (or as they now call it, “New Gorbals”).  The poor stepsister to The Necropolis on the hill above this city, this is the graveyard of the everyday Glaswegians tucked in amongst a housing estate and some large retail/industrial premises.  There is only one way in/out and it is divided into square sections.  Bring a snack. I wonder why his grave is here.  All the posh people of Glasgow; tobacco barons, bankers,  merchants – are all up on the hill at the Necropolis above the Glasgow Cathedral.  Perhaps he was a man of the people.  I daresay his legacy of tea for everyone has outlived some of the biggest and fanciest monuments I saw at the main Necropolis.

Tea magnate.
Tea magnate.
several were topped by this figurine

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