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Edinburgh, Candlemaker Row, Greyfriars Churchyard, Covenanters' Monument

Covenanters Grave(S) (17th Century), Covenanters Stone (18th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Candlemaker Row, Greyfriars Churchyard, Covenanters' Monument

Classification Covenanters Grave(S) (17th Century), Covenanters Stone (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Martyrs' Monument

Canmore ID 277012

Site Number NT27SE 354.06

NGR NT 25610 73366

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian


Publication Account (1951)

No. 15. The Martyrs' Monument.

Marking as it does the burial-place of most of the Covenanters executed in Edinburgh, the Martyrs' Monument, as it is popularly called, is the one most frequently resorted to in this churchyard. Simple and elegantly proportioned, it is supported at each side by large scrolled trusses within which Ionic shafts rise from pedestals, set out from the base, to support an entablature. Between the shafts is a panel with a carved border. This panel was renewed in 1771, but the original epitaph is now preserved in Huntly House (NT27SE 61). Below the panel is an open Bible,* resting on a draped book board set on the base, displaying verses 9, 10 and II of the sixth chapter of The Revelation and verse 10 of the second chapter. On the lowest member an inscription testifies that: THIS TOMB WAS FIRST ERECTED BY JAMES CURIE MERCHT / IN PENTLAND AND OTHERS 1706. RENEWED 1771.


*The Bible has been re-carved, if not wholly renewed. The bookboard is original.


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