Edinburgh World Heritage - Canongate Kirkyard


Canongate Kirkyard

The graveyard of the ‘Royal Kirk’ was established in 1687. Distinguished persons buried at the site include the economist Adam Smith and the poet Robert Fergusson. In 1953, the mercat cross was relocated to within the Kirkyard’s boundaries. The Kirkyard contains approximately 352 headstones, monuments, tombs, andother structures.

The graveyard is important for the contribution it makes to the greening of distant views in the Old Town and for retaining an impression of how the Canongate may have looked when it was first developed. The kirkyard is a key element within a group of buildings that survive as the historic core of the former Canongate Burgh.


Download a documentary survey of the history and development of Canongate Kirkyard (PDF | 417 KB)




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