Twelfth-century Duddingston Kirk is one of the oldest churches used for regular worship in Scotland. The present appearance follows alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries and a careful and respectful restoration by Robert Rowand Anderson in 1889. The interior shows the history of the building from the Norman arch, 17th century tombs to the 19th century stained glass windows by Duncan Strachan. The windows include one to the Pinkerton family: Alan Pinkerton (1819-1884), born in Glasgow, founded the Pinkerton Detective Agency in America. The octagonal building at the entrance to the churchyard is a combined watch-tower (to guard against body-snatchers) and session house.
The painter Turner was a visitor and Minister John Thomson was himself a notable landscape painter. Sir Walter Scott was an elder at Duddingston and is supposed to have sketched out his novel “Heart of Midlothian” in the manse garden. Duddingston Loch is the birthplace of the rules of curling.
Sunday 10.00am and 11.30am; Wednesday 10.00am
March to October Wed to Sun 10am-2pm or by arrangement
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