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Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, Queen's Drive, St Anthony's Chapel And Hermitage

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Hermitage (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, Queen's Drive, St Anthony's Chapel And Hermitage

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Hermitage (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Queen's Park; Whinny Hill

Canmore ID 52457

Site Number NT27SE 41

NGR NT 27566 73711

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 41 27566 73711

(NT 2756 7371) St Anthony's Chapel (NR) (Ruin)

(NT 2755 7369) St Anthony's Hermitage (NR) (Ruin)

(NT 2756 7372) Grave Yard (NR)

OS 1/2500 map, (1931)

St Anthony's Chapel was oblong on plan, 43' (13.1m) E-W by 18' (5.5m) over 3' (0.9m) thick walls. Its west end rose two storeys above the remainder of the square manse or house. Only the north wall remains, 30' (9.1m) high, with the adjoining part of the west gable and the base of the other walls, all recently consolidated by H M Office of Works. It is of 15th century date.

The 'Hermitage' was probably a storehouse. Apparently oblong on plan, 22' (6.7m) by 13' (4m), little more than the east gable remains, partly formed of natural rock and 9' (2.7m) high. While repairing the fabric of the chapel,several unlined graves were found under 1' below the surface in the narrow strip of ground north of the building. A small 16th-17th potsherd was also found.

A curved wall, now hardly traceable, ran between the chapel and Hermitage, and there were other walls as shown on plan.

F R Coles and T Ross 1896; RCAHMS 1951.

Remains of chapel are as described. Portion of east wall of 'hermitage' remains in restored condition. Traces of outer wall between chapel and hermitage are barely discernible.

Re-surveyed at 1/2500 scale.

Visited by OS (J L D) 28 December 1953.

The remains are as described in previous information.

Visited by OS (S F S) 3 December 1975.


Address: St Anthony's Chapel Burial Ground, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Postcode: N/a

Status: No longer extant

Size: N/a


Number of gravestones: Not known

Earliest gravestone: Not known

Most recent gravestone: Not known

Description: Burial ground associated with a chapel, no longer extant

Data Sources: OS MasterMap checked 20 September 2005


Field Visit (15 December 1998)

What little remains of St Anthony's Chapel and Hermitage is plotted at 1:5,550 on an archaeological map of Holyrood Park (RCAHMS 1999). The site itself occupies a small rocky spur below the NW face of Whinny Hill, and is demarcated on the N and S by stretches of a ruinous stone wall up to 2.5m thick and 0.3m high.

Visited by RCAHMS (ARG), 15 December 1998

NMRS, MS/726/96 (52-3, no. 36); RCAHMS 1999.

Watching Brief (28 October 2015 - 30 October 2015)

A watching brief was maintained during excavations and works to repair footpaths around Holyrood Park. The areas affected were a c 180m length of the footpath between Gutted Haddie and Lion’s Haunch (NT 2755 7315) and various sections of the path to the south and west of St Anthony’s Chapel (NT 2742 7273; NT 2754 7373)

There were no finds of archaeological significance.

Information from Magdalena Benysek (Kirkdale Archaeology) October 2015. OASIS ID: kirkdale1-311371


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