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Canongate Kirk News

Welcome to Canongate Kirk’s news page!  You can read about recent events that have taken place at the church, future dates for your diary and download the Newsletter for July 2017

Royal British Legion Scotland Service

A special service was held in Canongate Kirk on Saturday 1st July 2017 to mark the35th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict and the 10th anniversary of the end of operations in N. Ireland.  Royal British Legion Scotland standards were paraded and wreaths were laid by the Lord Provost and representatives of the War Widows’ Association among others.


St Margaret’s Chapel Guild 75th Anniversary Service

A Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 75th anniversary of St Margaret’s Chapel Guild was held at Canongate Kirk on Saturday 24th June.  Members of the Guild (who all have the name Margaret), place fresh flowers twice weekly in the chapel, located in Edinburgh Castle,  throughout the year.  The service was attended by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning as well as other representatives from the wider church including our own Minister who is president of the Guild.  A packed reception was held in the Harry Younger Hall, with this magnificent cake as a centrepiece.

Canongate Kirk – Open for Visitors!

‘Open Kirk’ season  at Canongate Kirk, when the church is open to the public, runs from June until end of September.   Come and visit this beautiful and historic building and kirkyard which will be open as much as possible each week from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to greet you and there are information sheets available in over thirty languages.  You can also buy a selection of souvenirs including the unique Canongate Kirk tie, modelled above!

FREE tours of the church and churchyard are also available every Sunday at 1pm – download more information about the tours here.

Free CPR Training

St John Scotland is offering free CPR training at the Harry Younger Hall, Lochend Close, Royal Mile EH8 8BL from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 15th July.  Drop in and learn quick and easy emergency skills – you never know when you may need them.



A new website has been launched featuring 101 of Edinburgh’s most treasured objects.  Canongate Kirk is represented by Adam Smith’s grave – object number 44.

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 World War 1 Commemoration – LCpl David Simpson

On Sunday 19th March the 11.15am service incorporated a WW1 centenary commemoration of local boy LCpl David Simpson, who was killed in action on 14th March 1917 while serving with The Black Watch.  The service was attended by friends, family members and members of The Black Watch Association.  After the service, flowers were laid beside the family gravestone in the kirkyard.   You can read Rev Neil Gardner’s sermon for the occasion here.

   Tank Regiment Parchment

A service was held in Canongate Kirk recently dedicating a parchment commemorating those who fought in the first tank battle at Flers in 1916.  The parchment can be seen on the pillar facing the west side of the church.




Battle of the Somme Centenary

On Sunday 24th July, Canongate Kirk’s  11.15 service marked the centenary of the death on the Somme of Captain Alick Herries KOSB (pictured),  for whom a memorial tablet was attached to the family burial plot in our Kirkyard.  After the service, these flowers were laid in a brief ceremony attended by members of the congregation, representatives of the Herries family and of the regimental family of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.  There is a copy of the biography of Alick Herries on display in the church foyer.

Relatives of AH Herries flowers AH






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