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). In 1969, this church united with the Charteris Memorial Church and Nicholson Street Church, using the buildings of the former. For many years the building acted as a furniture store for the University of Edinburgh, but was bought by the Eastern Orthodox community in 2013 to become St. Andrew's Orthodox Church, within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

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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