Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh

Pencil and watercolour on paper, c.1928-29
RCAHMS: Leslie Grahame Thomson MacDougall Collection presented in 1983

The Reid Memorial Church, designed by the architect Leslie Grahame Thomson, was built by William Crambe Reid according to the dying wish of his father and dedicated in 1935. The church was occupied by the congregation of what had been the Free High Church attached to the New College at the Mound who were looking for a new spiritual home.

The building is a fine example of a complete design in the Arts and Crafts tradition attempting to replicate the medieval age of church building with its cathedral-like proportions and detailed craftsmanship. The finished church acts as a showcase for the eminent craftsmen of its time with external carving by Alexander Carrick, ornate iron work by Thomas Hadden, interior carving executed by Scott Morton and stained glass by James Ballantine.