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Edinburgh, Cowgate, St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

Church (18th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Cowgate, St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

Classification Church (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 40 High Street; Cowgate Episcopal Chapel; South Gray's Close

Canmore ID 52321

Site Number NT27SE 297

NGR NT 26123 73610

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 297.00 26123 73610

NT27SE 297.01 2611 7362 Manse

NT27SE 297.02 2610 7362 Garden; Trial Excavation

Built in 1772-4 as a 'qualified' Episcopal chapel; John Baxter Jr was the architect, William Wright the contractor. As first built, it was a large two-storey rectangle with a semi-octagonal apse and a tower with a domed belfry. The church was bought by the Roman Catholics in 1856. Pedimented W porch added in 1890, when the flanking ground floor windows were deepened. In 1898 the interior was realigned and a new sanctuary built to the N by J Graham Fairley. Front rebuilt by Reginald Fairlie in 1929. Flanking chapels of 1924-5; mortuary chapel at SE by Alexander McWilliam, 1921.

RCAHMS 1951; J Gifford, C McWilliam and D Walker 1984.

NT 2612 7361 St Patrick's, built in the 18th century, originally consisted of the current central area orientated E-W with the altar at the E end. Subsequent work saw extensions to the N and S, with the relocation of the main altar in the N extension. The chapel investigated was constructed to the NW of the original St Patrick's in the early 19th century. The area investigated in September 2003, c 3 x 1.5m, was intended to be 1.4m deep, but a wall and cobbled surface were discovered at a depth of approximately 0.5m.

No features or finds of significance were discovered, other than infilling and levelling deposits related to the 19th-century extension of St Patrick's chapel.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: HS

G Ewart 2003

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 297.00 26123 73610

ARCHITECT: R Rowand Anderson 1870

Reginald Fairlie 1928 -facade and forecourt

James Graham Fairley 1899 -new Chancel

Altar piece painted by A. Runciman

See Historical File (1.12)


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