Duddingston Kirk, Photos, Location, Scottish Building, Wedding, History, Image
Duddingston Kirk Edinburgh
Church, Duddingston Village, southeast Edinburgh, Scotland
post updated 2 December 2023
Location: The Village is located just south of Arthurs Seat
Contact: 0131 661 4240
Famous venue for weddings
Duddingston Church dates from 1124 and contains a Romanesque doorway and chancel arch. The kirk is popular with weddings; it is located near the Loch upon which skated the Reverend Dr Robert Walker – by Sir Henry Raeburn c. 1795 – later inspiring Enric Miralles re the Scottish Parliament MSP ‘thinking ‘windows’.
A famous former minister was the Rev. John Thomson. The writer Sir Walter Scott was an elder of the Kirk under Thomson and the painter Turner visited the Manse.
Address: Old Church Lane, Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH15 3PX
Sir Walter Scott wrote part of ‘Heart of Midlothian’ in Duddingston Manse garden
This ancient building is Anglo-Saxon, pre-Norman Conquest.
The church was built in or around 1124 by Dodin, a Norman knight, on land granted to Kelso Abbey by King David I of Scotland. As originally built, the kirk consisted of the chancel, nave and square tower.
The traditional pattern of an east–west axis was adopted. The original entrance on the south wall includes a particularly fine example of Scoto-Norman stone carving, with a round-topped doorway.
Following the enlargement of the parish boundaries, the Prestonfield Aisle was added in 1631. This consists of a gallery, downstairs area and burial vaults were on the north side.
In 1968 the kirk’s interior was reconditioned, with the former pipe organ removed. The entrance to the kirkyard from Duddingston village is notable for its gatehouse, built as a lookout point to deter “bodysnatchers” in the early 19th century.
Scottish Church Building Designs
Historic Scottish Church Property Designs – recent Strathclyde architectural selection below:
Tron Kirk Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
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photo © Adrian Welch
Scottish Churches in Edinburgh & Lothian
Historic Buildings in Scotland
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Glasgow Custom House Development
Historic Gorbals Building
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Renewal Design: Nicoll Russell Studios Architects, Dundee
City Chambers, George Square
House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, south west of the city centre
House for an Art Lover
Kelvingrove Gallery, West End
Comments / photos for the Duddingston Kirk Architecture in southeast Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK, page welcome.