Founded in 1449, Crichton is one of Scotland’s oldest Collegiate Churches and is now managed by a charitable Trust.
This fine A-listed medieval Church has been in continuous use as a place of Christian worship for more than 550 years, during which time it has experienced two radical renovations, in 1720 and 1896.
‘Collegiate’ describes churches where priests and singing boys were recruited to pray daily for the souls of the great families who built and owned them. In the case of Crichton, this was the rich and powerful family of Lord Crichton, who lived a few hundred yards away in Crichton Castle.
In 1994, a Trust was established to care for the building, to undertake a third restoration and to ensure that it continues to play an important role, serving the community in a number of ways. It now plays host to a variety of events, including weddings, funerals, concerts and recording sessions.
Our original aim, that the use of the Church should be truly ecumenical, is fulfilled when we welcome the Tyne Valley Parishes several times a year for worship, and St Peter’s Episcopal Church from Edinburgh annually on Ascension Day. In 2009, the first Roman Catholic Mass in over 400 years was held – a historic landmark.
Located in the Midlothian countryside around 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Crichton Church is a beautiful and unusual setting for a Christian wedding.
Find out what’s happening at Crichton Church.
Crichton plays host to a variety of events, including weddings, funerals, concerts and recording sessions.
If you would like to enquire about booking the Church for your own event, please contact the Trustees.
Crichton Collegiate Church Trust is a charity. All money needed for the day to day upkeep of this historic building is raised by the Friends of Crichton.
There are Friends scattered around the world, but of course the majority live in the Lothians. Each Friend pays an annual subscription (unless they are a Life Member) and receives an annual newsletter which gives updates on the restoration work and details of the past year’s activities. They also receive a list of the events for the incoming year.
To find out more and download a membership form, click here.
Individual “Friend” – £10
Family – £15
Corporate – £30
Life membership – £150
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