An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

Taken during our latest Scottish Bubblemeet to Fife (Saturday 19th March 2011) and Edinburgh (Sunday 20th March 2011).

I took this shot of the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile in the morning while on my way to meet up with my fellow bubblers on the Sunday outing in Edinburgh.

This Kirk came about during the ‘Bishops War’ in the 17th century after Charles I tried to impose an episcopal structure onto the Scottish Church and turned the High Kirk into St. Giles Cathedral by making it the seat of the Bishop of Edinburgh.

In retaliation the congregation of the High Kirk commissioned a new church to be built just along the road.

Started in 1636 it was completed in 1647. The original wooden spire was replaced in 1829 after it was destroyed by a fire, but inside you can still see the original hammerbeam roofing.

The Tron, which got its name due to the weighing scales which were housed here well into the 18th century, closed as a church in 1952 and was acquired by the City of Edinburgh Council. It was subsequently left to decay, and the interiors were eventually gutted. Excavations then took place under the church, from within, in 1974, which revealed some foundations of 16th century buildings in Marlins Wynd. A debate continues as to whether the internal destruction of this famous landmark was warranted.

The Tron’s position as the traditional focus for Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay celebrations has been reduced in recent years, due to the expansion of the celebrations throughout the city centre.

The Tron Kirk is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27552).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0.2.

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

Featured in : Religious Art and Photography : 18 Apr 11


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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you Tina, you were quick …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Capture Tom!!!

  • Thank you so much Lee …

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    Beautiful Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Cheryl …

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  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 3 years ago

    What a great building! Awesome capture, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly dear Barbara …

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  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 3 years ago

    Trontastic capture Tom, that’s not; no it cant be! is it?
    The Tardis in Edinburgh!

  • Cheers mate, the doctor dropped in to have a chat …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 3 years ago

    Smashing image Tom, I’ve jigged around this building a few times over the years.

  • Thank you kindly Alex mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Fantastic photograph Tom

  • Thank you John my friend …

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