Greyfriars Kirk (Scottish Gaelic: Eaglais nam Manach Liath) is a parish church of the Church of Scotland, located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is surrounded by Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Greyfriars traces its origin to the south-west parish of Edinburgh, founded in 1598. Initially, this congregation met in the western portion of St Giles'. The church is named for the Observantine Franciscans or "Grey Friars" who arrived in Edinburgh from the Netherlands in the mid-15th century and were granted land for a Friary at the south-western edge of the burgh. In the wake of the Scottish Reformation, the grounds of the abandoned Friary were repurposed as a cemetery, in which the current church was constructed between 1602 and 1620. In 1638, National Covenant was signed in the Kirk. The church was damaged during the Protectorate, when it was used as barracks by troops under Oliver Cromwell. In 1718, an explosion destroyed the church tower. During the reconstruction, the church was partitioned to hold two congregations: Old Greyfriars and New Greyfriars. In 1845, fire ravaged Old Greyfriars. After its reconstruction, the minister, Robert Lee, introduced the first organ and stained glass windows in a Scottish parish church since the Reformation. In 1929, Old and New Greyfriars united and the church was restored as one sanctuary. In the following years, the depopulation of the Old Town saw Greyfriars unite with a number of neighbouring congregations.
Tommy Butler | Feb 16, 2018
When you walk into Kirk you can tell your in special place No noise its just relaxing location. What other country would bury a dog in church graveyard. as you walk up cobbled stones past gates straight on you will see grave Greyfriars Bobby. What Love about this is the amount little gifts that people leave from all over the world. It just makes you smile and be happy that still hope in world. This is worth a visit in Edinburgh. hope you like photos.
J X | Feb 26, 2018
Not just a place for the morbidly inclined!! Pleasantly surprised by this church graveyard located about 5 minutes from the royal mile. Apparently this graveyard has some significance relating to a small prepubescent fictitious Wizard kid who has thankfully not often experienced the woes of travelling on virgin east coast from kings cross, and his two companions, a smart girl and ginger kid. You will find the grave of Tom riddell, if that's what you really want to do, go for it! Otherwise the tombstones and funerary monuments are well worth a look, some incredibly old monuments, world recommend wearing good footwear, especially when rains! Very muddy
bare grills | Jan 12, 2018
very interesting and quite spooky walking over 1000's of corpses worth a visit
Kara Young | Dec 27, 2017
Fun place for some history. Definitely worth the paid tour if you have the time.
Katy Omond | Dec 1, 2017
Beautiful old kirk. Huge organ and lovely acoustics
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