South Leith Parish Church

South Leith Parish Church

Denomination: Church of Scotland
Address: Kirkgate, Edinburgh, EH6 6BJ
Local Authority: Edinburgh
Listing: A
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Church Overview

A church was erected in 1483 as a chapel attached to the collegiate Church of Restalrig. The present building dates from 1847-48, built to a design by Thomas Hamilton, that retained the layout of teh old church, the nave arcade and part of the aisle walls.

Its tower and porch incorporate the coats of arms of four successive Scottish monarchs and it possesses an exceptionally fine hammerbeam roof with further coats of arms held aloft by carved angelic figures. It contains an elaborate Italian marble and sandstone pulpit with carved prophets in its niches, designed by Sydney Mitchell & Wilson), a number of fine stained glass windows, designed by the Ballantine studio (1889-93) and various emblems of the historic local Trade Guilds. Organ by Brindley & Foster 1887.

Set in ancient graveyard with many interesting monuments.


Sundays: 11.00am all year. 10.30am July and August.

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South Leith Parish Church


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