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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 May 2017

BBC Radio 4 Prayer for the Day

The Rev Neil Gardner leads Prayer for the Day every morning this week at 5.43am on BBC Radio 4. If you can’t listen at that time, catch up on BBC iPlayer

Arrival of the Lord High Commissioner

Thirty RAF Air Cadets from South East Scotland Wing were very proud to be on duty at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Arrival Parade for the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, HRH The Princess Royal.  The cadets assembled at the Harry Younger Hall (Canongate Kirk’s church hall) before moving to take post as Street Liners on Abbey Strand and giving a ‘Royal Salute’ to Her Grace as her car passed through their ranks.  They then marched into the Palace Forecourt for the remainder of the parade before heading back to the Harry Younger Hall

Canongate Kirk – Open for Visitors!

Open Kirk season has begun at Canongate Kirk and will continue 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. FREE tours of the church and churchyard are also available every Sunday at 1pm – download more information about the tours here.


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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Concerts at Canongate Kirk

Please get in touch with the performers/organisations for information about purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are usually also available on the door.  Canongate Kirk office does not sell tickets for concerts held at the church.

 Saturday 27th May – Songbirds Choir: Songs for a Spring Evening  7.30pm, £12/£10

Saturday 17th June – Calton Consort


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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