Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on Canongate Kirk, the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. This is located towards the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Canongate Kirk is part of the Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian denomination.

This Church/Kirk has long-standing royal connections. It’s predecessor was located about half a mile down the Royal Mile at Holyroodhouse where the nave of the Augustinian Abbey became the Kirk of the Canongate which also served as the Chapel Royal  where many of Scotland’s sovereigns were baptised, married, crowned and buried.In 1688 King James VII of Scotland (James II of England) took over the Church for his own use but in exchange agreed that money donated by one Thomas Moodie should be allocated to building a new church. The outcome was the present building which dates from 1690. Above the main door of the church can be found the coats of arms representing both Thomas Moodie and the royal duo of William and Mary who succeeded King James.

Canongate Kirk and Burial Ground, Edinburgh

From an architectural perspective, the church was designed by James Smith. It is a plain, cruciform, aisled Church with decoratively gabled south front topped by antlers and pierced by a doric portico. In the graveyard can be found a memorial to famous economist  Adam Smith and many other notable persons. Looking up the site offers good views of Calton Hill  including the Royal High School.

Inside Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.

The Kirk’s burial ground contains numerous historical and interesting monuments.

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