The History of Leith

July 17, 2010

St Giles Cathedral

There has been a church on the current site of St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh since 854. St Giles is named after the Patron saint of Edinburgh and Cripples and Lepers.

With beautiful stained glass windows this beautiful and historic Church is open to the public.

The video shows the Albany Aisle built in 1409 and is associated with the Duke of Albany and the fourth Earl of Douglas accused of Murdering the heir to the throne. It is now a War Memorial to those who died in the Second World War.
The Statue of John Knox minister of St Giles from 1559 to 1572 a Powerful preacher and Leader of the Reformation in Scotland

John Knox (c. 1510 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and leader of the Protestant Reformation who is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination. He was educated at the University of St Andrews and worked as a notary-priest. Influenced by early church reformers such as George Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the Scottish church. He was caught up in the ecclesiastical and political events that involved the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546 and the intervention of the regent of Scotland, Mary of Guise. He was taken prisoner by French forces the following year and exiled to England on his release in 1549. for more click here

St Eloi’s Aisle is named after the patron saint of Edinburghs most powerful medieval guild the Hammermen who maintained a chapel nearby. The Aisle contains the memorial to Archibald Campbell,Marquess of Argyll and a bitter enemy of Montrose. Later he was executed.

Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, (1607 – 27 May 1661) was the de facto head of government in Scotland during most of the conflict known as the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. He was the most influential figure in the Covenanter movement that fought for the Presbyterian religion and what they saw as Scottish interests during the English Civil War of the 1640s and 1650s. for more click here

The Chambers Aisle was restored as a memorial to William Chambers, publisher and Lord Provost who under took the restoration of the Cathedral in 1872

(Editor-I apologise for the quality of this video which was beyond my control)

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