Kirkliston Parish Church by Tom Gomez

The Parish Church in Kirkliston, an outlying suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland dates from 1196 AD. The south arched doorway, a very popular back drop for photographs, is said to be very like the west doorway of Holyrood. The Bell Tower is a bird cage belfry with a single bell dated 1687 and it is still rung to this day to call people to worship.

South east of the arched doorway is a gravestone with two carved heads both wearing glasses (very unusual). There are also many very old and very interesting graves and headstones in the graveyards, the oldest known one is dated 1529 but no name is readable. Inside the Church in the west organ loft is a wonderful pipe organ that was once sited downstairs where the pulpit it sited today. The entry to the stairs and up to the organ gallery is the oldest part of the Church. Entry to the bell tower is from a very small door on the same stair well.

There are a number of wonderful stained glass windows to be viewed directly behind the pulpit on the south wall.

On the wall in the east isle is a copy of the Solemn League and Covenant, 1643. This historic document contains the names of the Session Clerk at the time; Master John Booke and 310 parishioners.

On one of the window ledges in the main isle is a curious model of the church as it was between 1859—1884. There have only been twenty-one ministers of the church since 1569.

In the vault are interred the members of the families of Dundas of Newliston and their successors Dalrymples of Stair and the Hogs.

The graveyard also contains the graves of the Earl of Stair, of Kirkliston, and of his grandmother Dame Margaret, the original of Lady Ashton, in Sir Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor.

The church formerly belonged to the Knights Templars, hence the ancient name of the place, Temple Liston.

Information from Kirkliston Parish Church website.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Unique Buildings Of The World : 23 Apr 09
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  • Steve Cozart
    Steve Cozartabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful, Tom!

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image with an outstanding sky as a background. Well done!

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosabout 6 years ago

    I’m sure the ancient church is steeped in history Tom, a fine composition my friend, perfect DOF and the HDR presentation has really given the colours a lot of punch,
    Regards, Rod.

    GCAPAROabout 6 years ago

    Great image Tom.

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalabout 6 years ago

    Lovely blue skies!

  • TFFDavid
    TFFDavidabout 6 years ago

    What a lovely image, the colours are gorgeous Tom :-)

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 6 years ago

    Awesome!! what a magnificant church!!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    Amazing story, wonderful scene!

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, wonderful composition. Thanks for the info!

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 6 years ago

    Lovely picture Tom. I love graveyards. You can learn such a lot from them.

  • You certainly can Jacqui, and this is a particularly good one …

    – Tom Gomez

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