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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


28 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. Canongate. the days that were no more. ?* No funeral hearse,? says Lockhart, ?crept more leisurely than did his landau up the Canongate ; and not a queer, tottering gable but recalled to him some long-buried memory of splendour or bloodshed, which, by a few Most Noble Order of the Thistle, which he had now [relerected, could not meet in St. Andrews? church (z.e., the cathedral in Fife}, being demolished in the Rebellion; and so it was necessary for them to have this church, and the Provost of Edinburgh SMOLLETT?S HOUSE, ST. JOHN?S STREET. words, he set before the hearer in the reality of life.? The Canongate church, a most unpicturesquelooking edifice, of nameless style, with a species of Doric porch, was built in 1688. The Abbey chwh of Holyrood had hitherto been the parish church of the Canongate, but in July, 1687, King James VII. wrote to the Privy Council, that the church of the Abbey ?? was the chapel belonging to his palace of Holyrood, and that the knights of the was ordained to see the keys of it given to them. After a long silence,? says Fountainhall, ?the Archbishop of Glasgow told that it was a mansal and patrimonial church of the bishopric of Edinburgh, and though the see was vacant, yet it belonged not to the Provost to deliver the keys.? Yet the congregation were ordered to seek accommodation in Lady Yester?s church till other could be found for them, and the Canongate
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