The History of Leith

December 4, 2004

Pilrig Church

Pilrig Church first opened for public worship on 13 August 1843 in an unpretentious building, only the second to be opened in connection with the newly formed Free Church of Scotland.
The present building was constructed in 1863 and opened by Rev. Dr. Thomas Guthrie on 12 February 1863.
The building was damaged by fire in 1892 which broke out under the vestry. The blue ceiling with gilt stars was ruined and the pine woodwork had to be darkened.
A pipe organ was installed in 1903 partly funded by the Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
With the union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland in 1929, Pilrig joined the new Church of Scotland. In 1950 the congregations of Pilrig and Dalmeny Street churches were united in the Pilrig Buildings and the charge of Edinburgh: Pilrig & Dalmeny Street was born.
In February 1999 there was a further union between Pilrig & Dalmeny St. and Leith: St. Paul’s to form the congregation of Edinburgh: Pilrig St. Paul’s.

This information was taken from the book The Kirk at Pilrig written by my good friend Dr. Stuart W. Sime.

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