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Gogar Parish Church


(Gogar Kirk, Gogar Cabinet Works)

A disused but externally well-maintained old church, now used as a furniture workshop, Gogar Parish Church (also Gogar Cabinet Works or Gogar Kirk) lies to the north of Glasgow Road (the A8), immediately to the east of the Royal Bank of Scotland's Gogarburn Junction. It incorporates a Pre-Reformation chapel which was first recorded in the 12th C. but had fallen from use by 1602, and was thereafter used as a mausoleum. A 16th C. fragment now forms the crow-stepped south transept of the current building, which is the work of J. A. Williamson between 1890-1. The building is of rubble construction, with sandstone dressings, small leaded windows and a stumpy tower to the northwest. B-listed since 1974 and still owned by the Church of Scotland, the building has been let to a furniture manufacturer for the annual rent of only 1 since the 1970s.

The small surrounding kirkyard, now maintained by the City of Edinburgh Council, includes monuments to diplomat Sir Robert Liston (1742 - 1836), railway engineer Thomas Grainger (1794 - 1852) and the sculptor Pittendrigh MacGillivray (1856 - 1938).


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