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Edinburgh, Lothian Road, St Cuthbert's Church

Church (18th Century), Church (19th Century), War Memorial(S) (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Lothian Road, St Cuthbert's Church

Classification Church (18th Century), Church (19th Century), War Memorial(S) (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) King's Stables Road; St Cuthbert's Parish; West Church; West Kirk; War Memorial Chapel; War Memorial Plaque

Canmore ID 52639

Site Number NT27SW 17

NGR NT 24819 73607

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

Architecture Notes

NT27SW 17.00 24819 73607

NT27SW 17.01 24851 73554 Church Hall (Bank)

NT27SW 17.02 24760 73546 Watchtower

NT27SW 17.03 24909 73486 Toolhouse

NT27SW 17.04 24878 73560 Burial ground

There is no trace of the old church.

Visited by OS (JLD) 28 December 1953.

NT27SW 17.00 (NT 24819 73607) St Cuthbert's or West Church (NAT)

on Site of (NAT) St Cuthbert's Kirk (NR)

OS 6" map, Edinburghshire, 1st ed., (1853).

In all probability St Cuthbert's Church was founded by Malcolm Canmore and Queen Margaret. It is first recorded in a charter of David I, dated c. 1127. Nothing remains of the medieval fabric. Only the W tower remains of a reconstruction of the church in 1774; the steeple was added in 1789 and the remainder of the present church was built in 1893. RCAHMS 1951; G Hay 1957.

ARCHITECT: Hippolyte J Blanc, 1893 (reconstruction of 1774 church)

A F Balfour Paul - monument

A Handyside Ritchie - sculptor - monument to Dr Dickson

Robert Wright - extension to Manse to West, 1828

See NMRS Collections SK/Ferg/10, Ferguson Sketch Book 10 for pencil sketch of St Cuthbert's, insc: 'Steeple of the West Kirk. Edinburgh.' and also detail of sundial insc; 'Dial on W. face of Steeple. West Kirk. Edinburgh.'

NMRS Print Room

Inglis Photograph Collection, Acc No 1994/90

Interior view towards apse

Monument in the churchyard, Thomas Dequincey (also Rufus Woodward)

NMRS Print Room

W Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection, Acc No 1997/39

General view of the church and 2 details of monuments in the churchyard



St Cuthbert's Parish Church

Plans I G Lindsay Collection, W/35

Ex-EUE-M Lantern Slides - see Collection

Edinburgh, St Cuthbert's Parish, land to be taken by North British Railway from Wm. Bonar Esq.



Dick Peddie and MacKay, Edinburgh.

Bin 12, Bag 1.

u/s, 1865.


Repairie of St Cuthbert's Kirk and Kirkyard dykes.

Receipt for ?15.5.4 as part of stent.

24 December

1627 GD150/3236/19

Papers concerning the building of the new Church 1773 - 1776 GD 69/210

[some details follow]

Contract between the Heritors and James Weir, wright in Tolcross, for the building of a new church.

1773 GD 69/210/(a)/7

Estimate by James Wier, Architect, for the new Church.

1773 GD 69/210/(b)/24

Valuation of the stones of the Old Church at ?16.

1773 GD 69/210/(b)/36

Accounts from Robert Burn for superintending the work of masons and from William Key, Carpenter.

1774 - 1775 GD 69/210/(b)/37

Account of dues to James Weir, Architect. They amount to ?3,366. 2. 1.

1776 GD 69/210/(b)/24


St Cuthbert's Churchyard,

Monument to J Scott Junr.

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear 1871

Monument to Thos. Rankin

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear 1863

Monument to E S Gordon

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear n.d.

Monument to Alexander Campbell

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear n.d.

Monument to Robt. Balfour

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear 1860

Monument to Sir Jas. Gardiner Baird, Bart.

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new building

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Kinnear 1864

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Publication Account (1981)

This church, lying to the north and west of the Castle Rock, was the original parish church of Edinburgh (Duncan, 1975, 465). St. Cuthbert's, which probably dates from the eleventh century (RCAM, 1951, 185), was granted by David I to Holyrood Abbey, a grant confirmed by Robert, Bishop of St. Andrews, c.1130 (ESC, 1905, 75). Its strategic position helped in three separate sieges of Edinburgh Castle: in 1573, 1650 and 1689. When the present church came to be built in 1892-4, the foundations of at least six earlier churches were found (Anon, 1960, 16), although nothing visible remains of its medieval fabric (RCAM. 1951, 185).

Information from ‘Historic Edinburgh, Canongate and Leith: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1981).

Aerial Photography (1 September 1994)

Aerial Photography (3 August 2006)

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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