Canongate Kirk News

Welcome to our news page!   Scroll down to find out what’s on and what’s been happening at Canongate Kirk, the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle.  You can also download a copy of the latest Newsletter.


Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 12th November, representatives of the Armed Forces, Regular and Reserve, joined our congregation for the traditional Remembrance Sunday Service.  The Act of Remembrance was led by Piper Cpl William Mitchell, First Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (pictured here)  and Bugler Pte Michael McHugh, First Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.    There was  a retiring offering in aid of Poppy Scotland followed by a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Parish War Memorial on the Canongate Tolbooth.  Click here to read Rev Neil Gardner’s sermon.

From Canongate to the Cardinal – A Talk by Andrew Gow

 Andrew Gow will be giving this talk at the Harry Younger Hall at 6pm on Tuesday 14th November, when he will recount his experience as a portrait painter over the past 15 years starting with painting the previous minister of the Canongate, Rev Charles Robertson. He will talk about the challenges involved in painting some of his high profile subjects, the responsibility a portraiture painter has to his sitters and the artistic reward of making paintings of people. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and a reception.


 All Saints

Pic: STV

On Sunday 29th October we marked All Saints with a celebration of Holy Communion at both services.  We also marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which originally began in Germany on 31st October 1517.

 Moderator’s Visit

On Sunday,22nd October we welcomed The Rt Revd Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as our guest preacher at our 11.15am service of Parish Worship.   Minister of Morningside Parish Church, Derek had links with Canongate Kirk during the previous vacancy but this time we were glad to welcome him not only to the pulpit but to the Moderator’s seat in the chancel.

Harvest Thanksgiving 

Our Harvest Thanksgiving took place at both services on Sunday 8th October.  Many thanks to the congregation who brought donations of non-perishable foodstuffs and toiletries pictured here. These will be delivered to Streetwork, a local charity for the homeless.   Cash donations will support Canongate Kirk’s commitment to feeding the homeless in the coming winter months.  Thanks to all who contributed!

Upcoming Concerts and Events

Tickets and for all performances are available from the performers’ websites and are usually also available on the door.

Date Name
Friday 20th October
Hymers College Junior School Choir
Secular and sacred favourites
Free Admission.  Closing collection
Sunday 12th November

Linton Singers
Renaissance music
Tickets £12
Saturday 18th November

Edinburgh University Chamber Choir
Winter Concert
Tickets £10/£5
Saturday 25th November

Calton Consort
Chamber choir
Tickets £10/£8
Friday 8th December

The Chapter House Singers
£15 at the door or £13 in advance from choir members or via
 The Chapterhouse Singers and baroque orchestra present Messiah.  An opportunity to hear Handel’s masterpiece this Christmas in the glorious surroundings of the Canongate Kirk.  With soloists Sally Carr (Soprano), Catherine Backhouse (Alto), Liam Bonthrone (Tenor) and Jerome Knox (Bass) accompanied by orchestra led by Ruth Slater and conducted by Les Shankland.
Sunday 10th December
7.30pm (TBC)
Open Orchestra
Free Admission.  Closing collection
Monday 11th December
Barker College Chamber Orchestra and Choir from Sydney Australia
Modern and Christmas music
Tickets free
Tuesday 12th December
Crisis Christmas Carol Service
Free Admission.  More information from
Saturday 16th December
St Andrew Camerata
Chamber choir
Tickets and information from

A Royal Visit

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive with their family at Canongate Kirk for a service on Sunday 6th August 2017 after a weekend in Edinburgh marking Prince Edward’s role as Patron of the Edinburgh International Festival.










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