Greyfriars’ Kirk – over 400 Years of History

Tucked away in a quiet graveyard off Forest Road lies one of Edinburgh’s most famous churches,¬†Greyfriars Kirk. The kirk took its name from the Franciscan friary which stood there before¬†the reformation, when Roman Catholic friars and nuns were required to hand over their property to the crown. Mary, Queen of Scots, gave the land to Edinburgh Council to provide a burial ground outside the city walls as well a hospital and school.

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