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Edinburgh, High Street, Parliament Square, St Giles' Burial Ground

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, High Street, Parliament Square, St Giles' Burial Ground

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 52524

Site Number NT27SE 6

NGR NT 2575 7354

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 6 2575 7354.

(Name: NT 2575 7354) Site of (NAT) Grave Yard (NR)

OS 1/1056 map, (1854)

Prior to 1477, the burial place of the leading citizens of Edinburgh was within St Giles' Church, but by this date it had become so full that the ground between St Giles' and the Cowgate was given for use for burials. Human bones were found in 1910 when digging the foundations for the Chapel of the Knights of the Thistle in Parliament Square, and numerous others have been found at various times in the area. (See also NT27SE 17).

R Richardson 1910; RCAHMS 1951.

No further information.

Visited by OS (J D) 25 December 1953.


N.B. This reference applies collectively to NT27SE 6.00 and NT27SE 10.00

Address: St. Giles Cathedral Burial Ground and John Knox Grave, Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh

Postcode: EH1 1RF

Status: Burial ground no longer extant. John Knox Grave marked by stone in road.

Size: N/a

Polygon: No


Number of gravestones: Not known

Earliest gravestone: Not know

Most recent gravestone: Not known

Description: Burial ground associated with a church

Data Sources: OS MasterMap checked 15 September 2005


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