FREE TOURS OF CANONGATE KIRK AND KIRKYARD TAKE PLACE EVERY SUNDAY – May until end September .  Meet outside the church door at 1pm for a guided tour by local historians who give a fascinating insight to both the church and the 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:

Scotland and the World   Download trail        Listen to podcast with Marco Biagi

The Enlightenment             Download trail        Listen to podcast with Donald Smith

Arts                                               Download trail        Listen to podcast with Alexander McCall Smith

Royalty                                       Download trail        Listen to podcast with Neil Gardner

Trades                                         Download trail       Listen to podcast with Liz O’Malley

(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:

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
The Gravestone Photographic website 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

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