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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 March 2017.


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.

David Goodenough – New Organist for Canongate Kirk

David started his tenure at Canongate Kirk as organist on March 5th and we warmly welcome him.  You can read more about David here.

Concerts in March

Please note that tickets for concerts are not sold by the Canongate Kirk office.  Tickets are available from the performers or on the door.

The Edinburgh Singers   Sunday 26th March at 7.30pm.  Tickets £12/£10

Dunedin Consort   Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm.  Tickets £15




 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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