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Canongate Kirkyard

City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

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Description

Step back a little way from the church, look up to the top of the gable and you will see a golden stag’s head with a cross between its antlers. The antlers were presented in 1946 by King George VI (the present Queen’s father). The royal connections go back much further. The stag head and cross are the arms of the Burgh of Canongate which was established by King David I of Scotland in 1128 at thesame time as he founded the nearby Holyrood Abbey. “Holyrood” means “Holy Cross” and the legend is that David was inspired to found the Abbey by seeing a vision of the Cross when attacked by a stag in what is now Holyrood Park. For many years the peopleof the Canongate worshipped in the Abbey Church but when King James VII decided to turn that church into a private Royal Chapel this parish church was built. The plaque on the church-front explains that this was paid for from a mortification made by a merchant called Thomas Moodie. “Mortification” is an old Scottish term for money left in a will for charitable purposes.

Address

Canongate
Edinburgh Scotland EH8 8DF
United Kingdom

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Search Records

Total Records: 571
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Paving Slab Adam Smith

Born: Not Available
Died: Not Available
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Alexander Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 21 Oct 1825
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David Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 25 Nov 1898
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Elizabeth Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 21 Feb 1831
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George Nairn Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 7 Jun 1891
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George Nairn Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 8 Jan 1814
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John Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 3 Jul 1845
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Margaret Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 13 Mar 1872
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Mary Nairn Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 7 Aug 1875
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Willam Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 29 Mar 1823
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William Aitchison

Born: Not Available
Died: 8 May 1826
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Sophia Allan (Hardy)

Born: Not Available
Died: 1845
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Prof. Dr. Charles Alston M.D.

Born: Not Available
Died: 22 Nov 1760
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Anderson

Born: Not Available
Died: 14 Jun 1811
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Anderson

Born: Not Available
Died: 3 Apr 1828
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Caroline Jemima Anderson

Born: 1819
Died: 1914
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Elizabeth Anderson (Grahame)

Born: 1784
Died: 1854
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Francis Anderson Esq. W.S.

Born: Not Available
Died: 27 Apr 1823
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Grahame Anderson

Born: 1822
Died: 1907
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James Anderson M.D.

Born: 1805
Died: 1888