St John's, Edinburgh
The Church of St John the Evangelist is a Scottish Episcopal church in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is sited at the west end of Princes Street at its junction with Lothian Road, and is protected as a category A listed building.
The church was dedicated as St John's Chapel on Maundy Thursday 1818 with construction having begun in 1816. It was designed by the architect William Burn the previous year, at the youthful age of only 25.
The congregation had begun in 1792 when Daniel Sandford came to Edinburgh to minister on Church of England lines. In 1797 the Qualified congregation moved to Charlotte Chapel which was re-built on larger lines in 1811. They sold shares to fund a new church, the banker Sir William Forbes being the main figure, and Charlotte Chapel was then sold (to the Baptist Church).
Edward Bannerman Ramsay joined St John's as curate in 1827. He succeeded Bishop Sandford as minister in 1830, and stayed until his own death in 1872, having being Dean from 1846.
St John's holds daily services and is unique in that it is the last Episcopal church in Scotland to hold the weekly service of Matins.
Stained glass is largely by Ballantine, but the east window is by William Raphael Eginton.
The morning chapel was furnished by Walker Todd in 1935.
An extension was added to the south-east corner in 2018.
List of rectors
- 1804–1830: Daniel Sandford
- 1830–1872: Edward Bannerman Ramsay
- 1873–1883: Daniel Fox Sandford
- 1883–1909: George James Cowley-Brown
- 1909–1919: George Frederick Terry
- 1919–1926: James Geoffrey Gordon
- 1927–1939: Charles Henry Ritchie
- 1940–1947: Sidney Harvie-Clark
- 1947–1961: David Brownfield Porter
- 1962–1969: Keith Appleby Arnold
- 1969–1981: Aeneas Mackintosh
- 1982–1997: Neville Chamberlain
- 1998–2012: John Andrew Armes
- 2013–date: Markus Dünzkofer (instituted 11/02/2013)
- General Sir John Campbell, 2nd Baronet of New Brunswick, Canada
- Sir Henry Raeburn
- Dean Edward Bannerman Ramsay (a tall granite Celtic cross by Robert Rowand Anderson of 1878 with Celtic bronze reliefs by Skidmore, facing Princes Street just east of the church)
- Rev Archibald Alison and his son William Pulteney Alison
- Sir William Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet
- Lesley Baillie subject of Robert Burns' poem "Bonnie Lesley"
- Thomas Balfour (1810–1838), MP for Orkney and Shetland
- George Joseph Bell (1770–1843), legal author
- General Sir Archibald Campbell, 1st Baronet (1769–1843)
- William Campbell, Lord Skerrington (1855–1927), Senator of the College of Justice 1908-9
- Sir James Clerk of Penicuik (1812–1870)
- James Donaldson (1751–1830), founder of Donaldson's School for the Deaf
- Andrew Duncan (1773–1832)
- Daniel Ellis (botanist) (1772–1841)
- Sir William Forbes's son George Forbes (died 1857)
- Prof Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet (1788–1856), metaphysician (stone moved and used as edge paving in the eastern enclosure)
- Prof Thomas Laycock (physiologist) (1812–1874)
- James Skene (d.1864) and his son William Forbes Skene (1805-1892) buried under the chapel
- Aeneas James George Mackay (1839-1911)
- General Anthony MacRae (1812–1868), with bronze by Sir John Steell
- Sir Hugh Bates Maxwell and Sir William Maxwell, 9th and 10th Baronets of Calderwood (within the eastern enclosure)
- George Moir (1800–1870), lawyer and essayist
- John Shank More (1784–1861)
- Macvey Napier (1776–1847)
- Margaret Outram (1778–1863), widow of Benjamin Outram
- Anne (1793-1825), sister of Stamford Raffles
- Dean Edward Bannerman Ramsay (buried distant from the memorial on Princes Street (see above) with a separate monument) and his brother Admiral Sir William Ramsay (1796-1871)
- Bishop Harry Reid (died 1943)
- Sir James Milles Riddell, 2nd Baronet (1787-1861)
- Anne Rutherford (mother of Sir Walter Scott)
- Daniel Fox Sandford (1831–1906), Bishop of Tasmania, son of Daniel Sandford (bishop of Edinburgh), founder of the church.
- Catherine Sinclair (1800–1864), author
- Prof James Syme (1799–1870), surgeon
- Peter Guthrie Tait (1831-1901) and his son John Guthrie Tait (1861-1945) and memorial to Frederick Guthrie Tait (buried in South Africa)
- William John Thomson (1771–1845), American-born artist, member of the Royal Scottish Academy
- James Walker (1781–1862), civil engineer
- Bishop James Walker (1770–1841)
- George Young, Lord Young (1819–1907)
- John Stuart Stuart Forbes (1819–1907) (Listed as a member of the 7th Regiment of the United States Calvary and also known as J.S.Hiley died and buried at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in North America. His plaque can be found on the left hand side of the church as you enter)
Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together
- "St John's Church (Episcopal): Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Memorials of the church of St. John the evangelist, Princes street, Edinburgh. George Frederick Terry. 1918
- Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Robert Lorimer
- Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh, by Gifford McWilliam and Walker
- Together Trust Archived 22 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- Church Website
- Church Choir Website
- St. John's on ScotlandPlaces
- The Episcopal Congregation of Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, 1794–1818. University of Stirling PhD Thesis by Eleanor M Harris