“Garden of Heaven” The map of Old Protestant Cemetery (Macau)
Robert Morrison, an employee of the British East India Company (BEIC) proposed to open a cemetery for Protestants through the East India Company, this was prompted by the death of his wife, who was also a protestant. The permission to open a cemetery within the East India Company was granted by the Portuguese. Later on, the right for burials of Protestants was expanded, even non-staff protestants were allowed to be buried within this cemetery. In 1857 new public health regulations were introduced and the cemetery no longer accepted new burials after that. There is one exception made to Sir Lindsay Tasman Ride, who was the last deceased buried in this cemetery in 1977, in honor of his academic contribution to the cemetery.
澳門曾經是中國與西方連繫的主要窗口，各懷夢想的歐洲人，透過遙遠的航程前仆後繼來到東方冒險尋找機會，當中少不免有客死異鄉。然而，葡萄牙人不允許非天主教徒的西方人安葬於當時的「天主聖名之城」內，居澳的歐洲基督教徒只好把亡者遺體葬於附近海島、海岸或偷偷安葬於城牆外。1821 年，馬禮遜牧師的夫人瑪麗去世，經英國東印度公司出面與葡人交涉，終於取得開闢墓園的許可。後來不僅公司職員，其他國籍的基督教徒，也允許安葬於墓園裡。直至 1857 年，由於衛生及市政管理原因禁止下葬為止。墳場一共有 189 個墓碑，墳場內最後一個墓碑設於 1977 年，為香港的賴廉士爵士（1898-1977），特以紀念他生前研究馬禮遜墓園的貢獻。