Trinity College Church
church was in Low Calton, until it was dismantled to make way for
the railway and Waverley Station.
stones from the church were left for many years on Calton Hill. The church was
later partially rebuilt in Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The
Apse is now used as Edinburgh's brass rubbing centre.
The Governor's House
building on the rocky hill behind the church was the home of the
Governor of Calton Jail. This building is still standing
today. Here is a photograph of it taken in 2004:
Thank you to
Fred Anderson, Wardie, Edinburgh, for sending me another copy of
the Trinity College Church engraving. The colours of the two
engravings are very similar, except for some of the clothing.
Date of the Engraving
"What is the date of the engraving?
I suppose, is somewhere between 1816 and 1848. I think you
can just discern the top of 'Scotland's Folly' (the National
Monument) behind and to the right of the Nelson Monument - if so,
then it must have been after 1822."
Trinity Church and Hospital
"The building to the right of the
Church is the old Trinity Hospital.
Here are some comments from Lord
Cockburn following a visit that he made to the hospital."
Removal of the Church and Hospital
"In a short time, the place shall know it no more! But
the public will be gratified by a railway station.
Trinity College Church, too - the last and finest Gothic
fragment in Edinburgh, though implored for by about four
centuries, will disappear for the accommodation of a
railway! An outrage by sordid traders, virtually
consented to by a tasteless city, and sanctioned by an
insensible parliament. ... ..."
- Lord Cockburn
Association was founded in 1875 to continue Lord Cockburn's work
in protecting and enhancing the beauty of Edinburgh. The
society is still carrying out this work today.
- Peter Stubbs