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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