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 Pro 4.1.4.

Featured in : Religious Architecture : 18 Mar 12

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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Very much appreciated Guendalyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image & work

  • Thank you dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!! If only that building could talk!! ;-D
    >blows kiss<


  • Thank you so much Jan …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 3 years ago
    Wonderful image Tom looks and sounds an interesting place to visit!!!
  • Very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakalmost 3 years ago

    love it ..the history and the shot..never new it existed mate thanks!

  • Cheers mate, there is so much history in Scotland, everywhere you look …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed the description Tom. A superb shot too

  • Thank you Mik, it is a nice little church …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    Good job Thomas!
    Like your style lately
    (in 2 hours I am off)

  • Cheers John, Have a fantastic time, tell the crew I will see them in September – hehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonalmost 3 years ago

    You never fail to draw out the envy in me, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Robyn ..

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 3 years ago

    Fantabulous mix of art & historical info Tom :o)

  • Cheers my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely colours and shot

  • Thank you dear Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

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