Greyfriars Kirk It is one of the oldest surviving buildings built outside the Old Town of Edinburgh, having been begun in 1602 and completed c.1620.
Greyfriars Kirk has an important place in the history of the Scottish Covenanters. In 1638 the National Covenant was presented and signed in front of the pulpit. In 1679, some 1200 Covenanters were imprisoned in the Kirkyard pending trial.
Within the graveyard surrounding the church, Numerous well known people are buried including Lord Monboddo. For many, the graveyard is associated with Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who guarded his master’s grave.
The kirkyard is reputedly haunted by the restless spirit of the infamous “Bloody” George Mackenzie, which is said to cause physical harm on those who come into contact with it.
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