Basic Site Details

Name: Pilrig Free Church
Town, district or village: Pilrig
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Design adapted from Peddie & Kinnear's competition design for St Mary's Free Church, Albany Street.

For the various works in the erection of Pilrig Free church, Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Plans, etc, at the office of Messrs Peddie and Kinnear, architects, 3, South Charlotte-street, Edinburgh, to whom tenders by June 7. [Building News 31 May 1861 p467]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Leith WalkYes 
Item 2 of 2Pilrig StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418601863  
Item 2 of 419 October 1861  Foundation stone
Item 3 of 412 February 1863  Church opened
Item 4 of 4March 1873  Unexecuted design for new halls


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 10Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectA18601863 
Item 2 of 10John Dick PeddieArchitectA18601863 
Item 3 of 10Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceA18601863 
Item 4 of 10Daniel CottierDesigner Early 1860s Decorative work (lost) and stained glass (extant), as manager of Field & Allan
Item 5 of 10Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectB1873 Unexecuted design for new halls
Item 6 of 10John Dick PeddieArchitectB1873 Unexecuted design for new halls
Item 7 of 10Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceB1873 Unexecuted design for new halls
Item 8 of 10John Nichol ScottArchitectCAfter 1896Before 1906Alterations
Item 9 of 10Alexander Lorne CampbellArchitectC?After 1898(?)Before 1906Alterations (date uncertain - may have been done by J N Scott before formation of partnership with Lorne Campbell)
Item 10 of 10J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (or Scott & Campbell)Architectural practiceC?After 1898(?)Before 1906Alterations (date uncertain - may have been done by J N Scott before formation of partnership with Lorne Campbell)

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Pilrig Free Church hallsSee separate entry for main church


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Donnelly, Max1999Daniel Cottier, Pioneer of Aestheticism The Decorative Arts Society Journal, 23, pp 33-51pp 34, 36
Item 2 of 2Sime, S The Kirk at Pilrig   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder13 December 1862XX  
Item 2 of 2Building News31 May 1861  p467 - contracts open

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27649 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Acquired in 1968
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Nichol Scott: F v18 p91 no1219 (microfilm reel 12)