Buccleuch Parish Church

(St Cuthbert's Chapel of Ease)

Located at the junction of Buccleuch Street and Chapel Street in Edinburgh is the former Buccleuch Parish Church. Built c.1756 as a Chapel-of-Ease by the kirk session of St Cuthbert's Parish Church in Lothian Road, in association with a new graveyard because their own had become so overcrowded. It was rebuilt as an unimpressive Gothic edifice in 1866 by David MacGibbon (1831 - 1902). Today the church acts as a furniture store for the University of Edinburgh, but the kirkyard remains of interest as the burial place of mental-health pioneer Dr. Andrew Duncan (1744 - 1828), the infamous robber Deacon Brodie (1741 - 88), poet Dr. Thomas Blacklock (1721-91) and Alison Cockburn (1713-94), best known for a version of the Flowers of the Forest. Within Andrew Duncan's family vault is the grave of Charles Darwin (1758-78), uncle of the famous naturalist, who died while a young medical student at Edinburgh having become infected through an accidental cut while performing an autopsy.

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