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Dr Werner Kissling

Dr Kissling's headstone

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Dr Kissling's headstone, Dumfries, 2019

 

This is a photograph of Dr Kissling's headstone, engraved with the dedication 'SOLDIER DIPLOMAT SCHOLAR GENTLEMAN.'

 

During the twenty years that he lived in Dumfries, Dr Kissling became a well-known local figure. He made close friends in Dumfries and is remembered as loyal, generous, original, and a born storyteller.

 

When he died in 1988 he was buried without a headstone due to financial constraints. In 1990 a group of Dr Kissling's friends raised money to have a headstone installed that would reflect the variety and significance of his life and work.

 

With thanks to Ralph Coleman, David Lockwood, and John McG A. Scott for providing information.

 

Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Digital Number:
DMMO058n
Creation Date:
2019
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council