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Kingston, Kingston Parish, Jamaica — Surrey County (Caribbean Region of the Americas)
 

St Andrew's Scots Kirk

Duke Street - Financial & Legal Business District

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Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 28, 2022
1. St Andrew's Scots Kirk Marker
Inscription.  

St Andrew's Scots Kirk
The Presbyterian St Andrew's Scots Kirk church is a national monument. Octagonal in shape, the church's gallery is supported by 12 Ionic mahogany pillars, and the roof boasts another 12 mahogany pillars of Corinthian style.

The church was opened for public worship in 1819, funded chiefly by Jamaicans of Scottish descent. Scots Kirk - fondly known as 'Big Kirk' - was destroyed in the earthquake of 1907, but rebuilt soon after, more-or-less to the original design.

In 1939, the church of St Andrew's Kirk at East Queen Street-known as 'Little Kirk' - collapsed, and its congregation united with Big Kirk. The union was successful and, for decades, Scots Kirk has been renowned for its outstanding Festival Choir and piped organ music.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
 
Location. 17° 58.177′ N, 76° 47.449′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Kingston Parish. Marker is on Duke Street just north of Barry Street, on the left when traveling
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north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Duke Street 52, Kingston, Kingston Parish, Jamaica. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reverend John Radcliffe (here, next to this marker); Nanny of the Maroons (approx. 3.6 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); The Order of National Hero (approx. 3.6 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); Samuel Sharpe (approx. 3.7 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); George William Gordon (approx. 3.7 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); Paul Bogle (approx. 3.7 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); Marcus Mossiah Garvey (approx. 3.7 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish); Norman Washington Manley (approx. 3.7 kilometers away in St Andrew Parish). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
St Andrew's Scots Kirk Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 28, 2022
2. St Andrew's Scots Kirk Marker
The marker is attached to the fencing outside of the church and to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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