Tuesdays Edinburgh – St Cuthberts

Today’s collection of photos are all from around St Cuthberts Church, whose foundations date to the 8th century, making its foundations one of Edinburghs oldest. Tucked away at the West End of Princes Street, on Lothian Road, it’s easy to miss, yet this is an impressive and history packed building. It contains a breathtaking Tiffanys window, one of only a couple in Britain, and for that alone is worth a visit.





It’s graveyard is packed with tombs, dug into earth reclaimed by draining the Nor Marsh, when the Nor Loch still sat between St Cuthberts and the Castle. It also has tombs which sit below the pavement of Lothian Road which is held above the graves on pillars. An unusual arrangement which leaves us walking on graves without even noticing what lies belo



An imposing bronze, reminds us that the invention of chloroform as an anaesthetic was an Edinburgh citizen, Sir James Young Simpson. During his career he became Professor of Obstetrics at Edinburgh University, and was appointed as Queen Victorias physician. Not bad for a bakers son from Livingston. What a great contribution he made to medicine, and to childbirth in particular.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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34 Responses to Tuesdays Edinburgh – St Cuthberts

  1. You have a great blog filled with beautiful photos! Thanks for visiting my journey, it means a lot! I will be on the look out for your next post!

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  4. The photos are amazingly good, and the detail information was outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

  5. ladyfi says:

    I can feel the history oozing from those warm, golden bricks. Beautiful!

    • It really does feel like that, so many layers of time and memories squeezed into one place…..but there is also a real sense of peace, despite being right in the centre of Edinburgh, just off Princess Street.

  6. Paula says:

    Seonaid, your pictures make Scotland quite irresistible and I have already made plans for my summer holiday…. ๐Ÿ˜€ Beautifully, masterfully captured ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Paula, what a lovely comment, and coming from someone who takes a bulbous photos herself, I’m very flattered. Where will you visit in the summer?

      • Paula says:

        This year it will be Italy (not a big surprise for me, hah!) We’ll go to a posh hotel somewhere between lago di lugano and como at about 1,000 meter altitude.. I find summer heat in my town unbearable and desperately seek milder climates and higher elevations in summer – that’s one of the reason why Scotland comes to mind – just one, the other is nature and castles.. it is still a bit far of my reach money-wise… What do you do for living? I am sorry if I ask to much? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Your summer holiday sounds wonderful. I adore Italy, and the area around Como is wonderful. Scotland would definitely be even cooler.
        I’m a psychotherapist, and don’t worry you don’t ask too much ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Paula says:

        You are a psychotherapist and you did not comment on my dream post!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I will comment if you like, but it feels a little intrusive…..unless asked ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amy says:

    Stunning photos! I enjoyed reading the history. Thank you so much!

    • You’re very kind, it’s lovely to hear you thought the photos were so good, and that the history was interesting. There is so much to say, but I tried to pick a few interesting points.

  8. I miss the Tiffany window you recommend …

  9. Mike Howe says:

    You have captured the rich architectural and cultural character and history beautifully, thanks

  10. marob23 says:

    Always think St Cuthbert’s is a hidden gem, so close to Princes Street but full of surprises. I did not know that about the Tiffany window so thats worth a revisit. Beautiful pictures as ever.:)

    • Thanks for the lovely comment. You are spot on with your summary of St Cuthbert’s., and if you do go back inside you will love the window. I promise to go and get a photo of it on my next visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. ginnietom says:

    fantastic gallery shots…impressive – have a great day…:-))

    • Wow, another lovely compliment, thank you. Glad you enjoyed my photos.

      • ginnietom says:

        itล› so nice to watch them all, will try more …but am a southcoast fan, spend some time in dorset area, specially weymouth…hope I do not repeat myself…
        have a nice weekend….is seonaid your real name ? never noticed before…

      • Yes Seonaid MacKenzie Green is my whole name ๐Ÿ™‚
        The south coast is beautiful too in its own way, but that’s a long way for me to go. I’ve been a few times and loved it, but then I love almost any coast ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Su Leslie says:

    Hi Seonaid; thanks for these. Beautiful as always. I’m feeling very homesick today. It’s wet and cold here and I really, really want to be in Edinburgh right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Liana says:

    wow, gorgeous…what a place you live in! wanna do a home-switch this summer for a while? I could absa hang where you are for a good long while ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Liana, it is a visual treat living here ๐Ÿ™‚ where is your home….pondering home-switch….but ours comes complete with three bearded collie dogs, two cats, and possibly two boys…one 19 yrs the other 23 yrs …… unless we take them with us!

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