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Historic Leith: A Visit to Trinity House and South Leith Parish Church

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Trinity House and South Leith Parish Church, Leith Meet at the door of South Leith Parish Church
  • Thursday 30 April, 10.00am-12.30pm
£ 10.00


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Facing each other across the Kirkgate stand two of Leith's most historic and intriguing buildings, South Leith Parish Church and Trinity House. The Georgian Trinity House was built by Thomas Brown in 1816, on the site of a 16th-century building, for the Incorporation of Mariners and Shipmasters. The building contains a wealth of maritime-related treasures, including Raeburn's portrait of Admiral Duncan and David Scott's masterpiece, Vasco da Gama encountering the Spirit of the Storm.

A guide from Historic Scotland will lead our tour. The first religious building on the site of today's church was St Mary's Chapel, built in the 1480s. In 1544 it became a refuge for Leithers displaced during the "Rough Wooing" attacks, in 1545 George Wishart preached there to a congregation thought to include John Knox and in 1559 Mary of Guise worshipped there. The minister, Rev Iain May, will give us an introduction to the building, its turbulent early history, and its ongoing place in the heart of Leith.

Trinity House, Edinburgh

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