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Edinburgh, Restalrig Road South, Restalrig Parish Church

Church (15th Century), Gatehouse (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Restalrig Road South, Restalrig Parish Church

Classification Church (15th Century), Gatehouse (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) St Triduanas Well; 7 Restalrig Road South; St Margaret's Church; Restalrig Avenue; War Memorial Screen

Canmore ID 52103

Site Number NT27SE 103

NGR NT 28337 74483

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 103.00 28337 74483.

NT27SE 103.01 NT 28332 74468 Chapel (St Triduana's Aisle)

NT27SE 103.02 NT 2835 7447 Jougs

NT27SE 103.03 NT 283 744 Gatehouse; Watching Brief

NT27SE 103.04 NT 28314 74452 Churchyard

(NT 2833 7447) Restalrig Church (NR) formerly

Collegiate Kirk of the Holy Trinity and St Mary (NR)

OS 1:1056, (1853).

On being rebuilt in 1487, the old parish church of Restalrig, which is on record in the 12th century, was erected by James III into a collegiate establishment known as the Deanery of Restalrig. In 1560, the General Assembly ordered that it should be destroyed, and thereafter its ruins served as a quarry. Some parts of the choir walls, however, were not destroyed, and these were restored in 1836 to make the church of a quod sacra parish. As it stands now, the building is featureless, with few traces of its 15th century origin.

RCAHMS 1951; D E Easson 1957.

This church, which is still in use, has been much restored. Externally, it is of little architectural value.

Visited by OS (SFS) 3 December 1975.

NT 2832 7448 A watching brief was kept during the removal of tarmac and other modern materials outside the W end of the parish church before new flagstones were laid over the area. Immediately below the tarmac were the remains of two mortar-bonded rubble walls, which pre-dated the extant 19th-century building and probably also its 15th-century predecessor.

Several disarticulated human bones, uncovered to the immediate S of the walls, are thought to have resulted from the disturbance of two burials by a recently cut drainage trench.

Sponsors: Minister and Kirk Session of St Margaret's Parish Church, Restalrig.

J Terry 2002

Architecture Notes


NMRS Reference.

Edinburgh, Restalrig Road South, Restalrig Church.

Architect: William Burn 1837, (restoration).

George D. McNnen - Upper Hall - erected 1913.

Messrs Rigg, Brown & Sproul - Church Centre -

completed 1977.

Sydney Mitchell & Wilson - ready for occupation in 1895.

Information from Mr. Weir.

NMRS Reference.

Edinburgh, Restalrig Road South, Restalrig Church (old).

National Library of Scotland.

Uncatalogued MSS of General Hutton No. 85, Vol. 1.

Plan of the Old Church - no scale.


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (10 October 2002)

Fibreglass statue of St Triduana, standing, wearing full-length drapery and holding a thorny twig.

(The wooden original, holding in front of her a thorn on which an eyeball is impaled, is now in the chapel.)

The building housing the well was erected around 1438 by Sir Robert Logan when his family owned the Barony of Restalrig. It was built with two storeys, the upper one was a chapel, and the lower one contained the well where pigrims came to bathe their eyes. In 1906 the building was renovated under the direction of the Earl of Moray. The steeply pitched roof was added by Thomas Ross. The statue was presumably added at this time.

In 1992 the original was removed from the roof and placed inside the chapel. A fibreglass replacement was made by Stephen Gordon, conservationist at Historic Scotland.

According to the breviary of Aberdeen, Triduana was born at Colosse and accompanied St Rule on his journey to Scotland (about A.D. 337) with the bones of St Andrew. At Rescobie in Angus, she settled into a life of religious seclusion. Whilst there she came to the attention of Nectan, a Pictish chief, who asked her to be his wife. Realising that it was her eyes that had attracted the chief, Triduana tore them out with a thorn and sent them to him. She moved to Restalrig where she healed the blind.

St Triduana's Well was a place of pilgrimage for people with eye complaints.

Inspected By : D. King

Inscriptions : None Visible

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : Well c.1438 / restored 1906

Year of unveiling : 1906

Unveiling details : 1906

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN1018)

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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