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THE DEAD OF GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD

There’s a lot of people who think that Greyfriars Kirk is named after Greyfriars Bobby.  We start off by telling you the story of the loyal wee dog before we peel back the layers of time to discover that the Kirkyard isn’t even named after the Church.  You’ll learn about the Franciscan friars, the ‘Greyfriars’ who lived and worked on this land.  Their story covers one of the most turbulent times in Scotland’s history.
The First Residents
This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people.  He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people the capital had.  His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during it’s greatest period.
The Cheeky Caricaturist
The Man Who Would Be King…
The Resurrectionists
This is one of the four men who effectively held power as ruler of Scotland when King James VI was a child and too young to rule properly on his own.  You’ll discover why his grave is one of the most missed in the Kirkyard, and why this was done by design.  This man’s story is a story of Scotland during one of it’s most divided times.
Resurrectionists, ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists.  Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories from the early nineteenth century.  We’ll cover some of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where murder was seen by some as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig in the graveyard…
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Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour
Thursday nights  - 7-8.30pm Walking difficulty - ‘Easy’  - Click here for route video Language - English Meet inside the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard on Candlemaker Row Price  £10pp, £8 (conc), £2 Under 16  Click for our Frequently Asked Questions Click for our tour terms and conditions
“This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Edinburgh… A really entertaining and informative tour that helped us understand a lot more about Edinburgh and some of the people who once lived there. The stories were told with humour and with so much information, it was definitely great value for money. I would definitely recommend this tour, we had an excellent evening.”
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WHO WILL I MEET?
There’s a lot of people who think that Greyfriars Kirk is named after Greyfriars Bobby.  We start off by telling you the story of the loyal wee dog before we peel back the layers of time to discover that the Kirkyard isn’t even named after the Church.  You’ll learn about the Franciscan friars, the ‘Greyfriars’ who lived and worked on this land.  Their story covers one of the most turbulent times in Scotland’s history.
The First Residents
This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people.  He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people the capital had.  His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during it’s greatest period.
A Cheeky Caricaturist
The Man Who Would Be King…
The Resurrectionists
This is one of the four men who effectively held power as ruler of Scotland when King James VI was a child and too young to rule properly on his own.  You’ll discover why his grave is one of the most missed in the Kirkyard, and why this was done by design.  This man’s story is a story of Scotland during one of it’s most divided times.
Resurrectionists, ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists.  Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories from the early nineteenth century.  We’ll cover some of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where murder was seen by some as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig in the graveyard…
John Kay WATCH THE VIDEO WHAT PLACES WILL I SEE? BOOK THE GREYFRIARS TOUR
Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour
Tripadvisor review highlights;
“This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Edinburgh… A really entertaining and informative tour that helped us understand a lot more about Edinburgh and some of the people who once lived there. The stories were told with humour and with so much information, it was definitely great value for money. I would definitely recommend this tour, we had an excellent evening.”
Book Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour
Thursday nights  - 7-8.30pm Walking difficulty - ‘Easy’  - Click for route Language - English Meet at the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard   on Candlemaker Row. Price  £10pp, £8 (conc), £2 Under 16  Click for our Frequently Asked Questions Click for our tour terms and conditions
NAVIGATION
SOCIAL
ADDRESS 28/2 Bridge Road Colinton Edinburgh United Kingdom EH13 0LQ
CONTACT Mail: robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk Phone: 079590026077
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2017
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