Edinburgh World Heritage - Find out more about the Canongate mercat cross


Find out more about the Canongate mercat cross

Before 1851 Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh. Originally the mercat cross stood in the middle of the street, but in 1737 it was moved to beside the Canongate Tolbooth and then into the Churchyard in 1953. The Mercat Cross denotes the right for the Burgh to hold its own markets. Unusually, Canongate craftsmen were also initially allowed to trade in Edinburgh, a privilege that often brought tensions to neighbourly relations.

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