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St Cuthbert's History
Parish population in the southern division was recorded as
20,250 and half of them had no place of worship. The northern division
situation was similar and so the Kirk Session resolved to build two more
Chapels of Ease.
Stockbridge Chapel opened. This later became part of Kirk
Hope Park Chapel in Clerk Street opened. This is now the
An existing Chapel in Gardiners Crescent bought for
£2,500. It was named St Davids out of respect for Dr David Dickson,
the senior Minister at St Cuthberts, and it served a local population of
2000. As the number of parish residents increased, many new churches were
formed as Chapels of Ease.
- The Charity Work-house now had 539 people working at various trades.
There was a school attached for nearly 200 pauper children and also a sewing
school. Out-of-door poor also received payments.
Charity Work-house removed when the Caledonian Railway was
built.The poor were taken to a mansion about a mile and a half from St
Cuthberts. This building is now the oldest part of the Western General
At this time, Dr James MacGregor was the Minister, respected
and loved by his congregation. His colleague, Andrew Wallace Williamson, was a
"prodigy" of 26 years old. The two men were of different generations
One was a Highlander and the other a Lowlander; one full of humour, the
other serious and solemn but together "they pedalled the bike of St
Cuthberts for 27 years and remained friendly".
Both men later became Moderators of the General Assembly. They
created an immense and lively congregation which threw itself into the project
of a new Church building.
Parish population recorded as 65,243.
11th July. Day of dedication for the new Church. The architect
was Mr Hippolyte J. Blanc. His building retained the 1775 tower and the 1789
steeple. Mr Blancs Church building is the present day Parish Church of St
Cuthbert, the Kirk below the Castle.
He was also the architect responsible for the designs used during the
1887-91 renovation of Edinburgh Castle's Great Hall.
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