FREE TOURS of Canongate Kirkyard will take place on the following dates: Sunday June 2nd, Sunday July 7th, Sunday August 4th and Sunday September 1st 2019. Meet outside the church door at 3pm for a guided tour by a local historian who will take you on a fascinating journey into the lives of some of the famous people and characters buried in our churchyard.
The Canongate Kirkyard is the last resting place of many famous and interesting people. For information about some of them and a downloadable map click Canongate Kirk Map and Guide
There are also a number of themed burial trials you can download with podcasts you can listen to:
(The trails were illustrated by Carmen Moran and researched by Eric Drake. Support for the initiative has come from the Edinburgh World Heritage Green Heritage Project, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.)
For information about Canongate War Memorials click Canongate War Memorials
The Kirkyard, like other burial grounds in Edinburgh, is owned by the City of Edinburgh Council and is managed and maintained by their Bereavement Services, based at Mortonhall Crematorium, 30B Howdenhall Road, Edinburgh EH16 6TX Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Surviving historical burial records for the Kirkyard are held by National Records of Scotland. Digitised versions of these records can be viewed at the Scotland”s People Centre at General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY or through the website https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
The Gravestone Photographic website www.gravestonephotos.com/ has images (taken by volunteers) and transcriptions of over 200 gravestones in the kirkyard. The website’s monument list for the Canongate Kirkyard is at www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=1246