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Edinburgh, Franciscan Friary

Friary (Medieval)

Site Name Edinburgh, Franciscan Friary

Classification Friary (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Greyfriars Friary; Greyfriars Monastery; Grassmarket; Candlemaker Row

Canmore ID 52245

Site Number NT27SE 22

NGR NT 2549 7337

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 22 2550 7338

(NT 2550 7338) Greyfriars Monastery (NR)

(Site of) (15th Century)

OS 1/500 plan, (1895)

The Franciscan or 'Grey' Friars had their church and friary on the sloping ground that occupies the angle formed by the Grassmarket and Candlemaker Row. Six friars are said to have come from Holland in 1447, and their house and land was occupied in 1455, or, perhaps more correctly, in 1458. The friary was destroyed by Reformers in 1559, and in 1562, the Queen was petitioned by the Town Council to grant the yards of the Greyfriars as a burial ground. The parish church of Greyfriars was subsequently built on their land.

RCAHMS 1951; D E Easson 1957.

No traces of this friary now exist; the area is built up.

Visited by OS (J L D) 25 December 1953.


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