Memorials in St Giles’

The earliest surviving monuments date from the 1840s, while the most recent marks the McRae Bat500th anniversary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. More than a thirdare war memorials to Scottish regiments and individuals who perished during campaigns in India and the Sudan, the Boer War, World War I and World War II. Some display lists of the Fallen. Most record male casualties but one commemorates Scottish Military Nurses during World War I and a particularly elegant one is to Dr Elsie Inglis. Other monuments and plaques honour the memory of influential lawyers, doctors, writers and poets, such as a very fine bronze memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson.

Well-known sculptors who created the monuments include William Brodie, Sir George Frampton, Sir John Steell and C. d’O. Pilkington Jackson.

All the memorials were conserved in 2008-9, as part of the extensive Renewal scheme.

The Reformers disapproved of burials inside churches, so very few interments took place indoors after 1560. However, friends and relatives continued to apply to erect monuments to those they had lost and in his desire to make St Giles’ into ‘Scotland’s Westminster Abbey’, William Chambers introduced plaques to commemorate famous national figures of the past. Only five of the present hundred memorials are to people who are actually buried in St Giles’.

The earliest surviving monuments date from the 1840s, while the most recent marks the French Scots Memorial500th anniversary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. More than a third are war memorials to Scottish regiments and individuals who perished during campaigns in India and the Sudan, the Boer War, World War I and World War II. Some display lists of the Fallen. Most record male casualties but one commemorates Scottish Military Nurses during World War I. Other monuments and plaques honour the memory of influential lawyers, doctors, writers and poets.

Well-known sculptors who created the monuments include William Brodie, Sir George Frampton, Sir John Steell and C. d’O. Pilkington Jackson.

All the memorials were conserved in 2008-9, as part of the extensive Renewal scheme.