A new future for Edinburgh's Tron Kirk

21 May 2021
A landmark kirk on Edinburgh's Royal Mile has been given a 'new and meaningful lease' of life as a 125-year lease is signed.

Councillors have given the green light to Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) to take forward the restoration of the Tron Kirk, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy the historic building for generations to come.

Working in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, SHBT will develop a feasibility study to set out a future vision for the Tron Kirk and when fully funded, the charity will sign a 125 year lease for the building. In the short term the charity will fulfil a management role for the Tron Kirk liaising with all existing and new tenants to make sure that the building is open for business as soon as possible.

A legacy for future generations

Chair of Scottish Historic Building Trust Maggie Wright said: 'We welcome the committee’s decision to partner with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to secure the future of Tron Kirk which has had a significant role for the people of Edinburgh since the mid-17th century. It is a huge vote of trust in the expertise of our director and staff. We share the City of Edinburgh Council’s vision to breathe new life into this very special building and use our experience to create a legacy for generations to come.'

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History of the Tron Kirk

Built between 1636 and 1647 to a design by John Mylne, the Tron Kirk is based on 17th-century Dutch church designs. The kirk became a landmark partly because of the fact that a public measuring beam stood outside, on the busy Royal Mile. 

It was reduced in size in the late 1700s and since then, has survived two World Wars and the changing face of the city. Find out more at the Edinburgh World Heritage website.

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