We are honoured that grieving families entrust to us all that remains of a treasured person. It is a trust that must remain inviolate.
The William Purves Embalming Academy was set up in 2011. The aim of the academy was to pass on the extensive knowledge and skills gained by our resident embalmers during their careers and allow others to provide this service for the bereaved.
Our resident embalmers
Together Martin and Ross have over 40 years of practical embalming experience, having embalmed in excess of 20,000 cases. In addition to this experience they also have an impressive list of specialist courses and affiliations to other organisations.Learn more
The William Purves Embalming Academy, recognising the value of sustaining and advancing a safe and welcoming learning environment, strives to treat its students with respect and dignity, treat them fairly with regards to all assessments, choices and procedures and to give them encouragement to reach their full potential. Therefore the academy…Learn more
About William Purves
William Purves, the founder of our family run firm, was born in the Borders. He started his career as a joiner and set off for a new life in New Zealand. He got as far as Edinburgh. Obviously he fell in love with the place because he set up shop here. By the end of the 19th Century William Purves and his ten joiners undertook the tasks of cabinet…Learn more