Colinton Parish Church

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A twentieth century church with a nineteenth century tower

Colinton Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. The church building is located in Dell Road, Colinton, Edinburgh, Scotland.

A church has stood on the site for approximately 1000 years, but the current building was constructed and reopened in 1908.[1] A new, adjacent church hall was added in the 1990s.

The current church was rebuilt in 1907-8 by the architect Sydney Mitchell. The church incorporates the tower from the old church, which had been designed by David Bryce and built in 1837. The interior has a neo-Byzantine design, with pink sandstone columns.[2]

Several former ministers have served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, most recently the Very Reverend Dr William Johnston (in 1980). The minister is currently the Rev. Rolf Billes. The previous minister was the Reverend Dr George Whyte, who demitted the charge in September 2008 to become Clerk to the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Edinburgh.[1]

In 2001 the congregation had a roll of 1175 members, making it one of the largest church congregations by membership in the Church of Scotland.[3]

Notable Burials[edit]

Colinton Cemetery[edit]

A cemetery was added in the late 19th century, to the south of the historic graveyard. This area contains the village war memorial. A relatively rare Norwegian war grave lies in the southern section towards the centre.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Gifford, C. McWilliam and D. Walker, The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh (page 515), Penguin Books Ltd, 1984, ISBN 0-14-071068-X
  2. ^ J. Gifford, C. McWilliam and D. Walker, The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh (page 515), Penguin Books Ltd, 1984, ISBN 0-14-071068-X
  3. ^ Church of Scotland Yearbook 2002-2003, ISBN 0-86153-347-X

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Coordinates: 55°54′33″N 3°15′24″W / 55.90917°N 3.25667°W / 55.90917; -3.25667