St Vincent’s Chapel

St Vincent’s is in Edinburgh’s Northern New Town on its border with Stockbridge – and immediately opposite William Playfair’s much larger St Stephen’s. A Gothic gem, St Vincent’s was built by the brothers John, William & James Hay of Liverpool and opened in 1857.

Between 1967 and 1996 St Vincent’s was also the Collegiate Church of the Hereditary Commandery of Lochore of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus. Their impressive armorial embellishments adorn the interior.

We are a Scottish Episcopal Church. St Vincent’s is in the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s Diocese of Edinburgh, and within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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Our purpose is to worship God and serve the Northern New Town and Stockbridge. We warmly welcome visitors and new members, including those of any, or no, faith.

On arrival for a service, we’ll hand you a service pamphlet and Scottish Prayer Book – and a Hymn Book when there’s music. Choose where to sit for yourself.


The south side of St Vincent’s on Circus Lane.

A review of the strategy and operation of St Vincent’s earlier this year found a ‘remarkable transformation in the vivacity of St Vincent’s over the last three years’.   ‘And that the claim that St Vincent’s is the village church in the heart of the city is fully justified’.

Last year an ordinand’s research project concluded that ‘we are a healthy, growing, loving and open community of Christ’.


Here is the link to the Record of Events of The Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts in the Fringe 2018


We are a Centre for Music Making and Community Use

We welcome musicians who come to learn, rehearse and perform; they praise the comfort and acoustics of St Vincent’s.

A Report To History for string and clarinet quintet, composed in 2016 by our Composer in Residence Dr Harry Whalley, specifically for the very fine acoustics of St Vincent’s. It was first performed in October 2016 by the Gildas Quartet with Pete Furniss, clarinet.

St Vincent’s Refectory, seating up to 30, is also ideal for small meetings.

Inside St Vincent's and looking to the back of the church and Refectory beyond with the significant west window above.
Inside St Vincent’s and looking to the back of the church. The refectory is underneath the gallery. The organ pipes are on either side of the gallery. There is gallery seating for about 40.


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