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Memorial Chapel and Royal Pew

The Royal Pew at the corner of the Memorial Chapel was gifted by the Congregation in 1972 to mark the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey.
The Royal Pew was built to provide special accommodation for Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, who attended a special service in the Abbey on 7th July 1972 during which the Pew was dedicated.

Thereafter Her Majesty permitted the Kirk session to designate it the Royal Pew. The Pew was made by Whytock and Reid of Edinburgh. The Scottish Royal Coat of Arms was later gifted by Mr and Mrs Harold Hutton and itself dedicated the following year on 8th July when the Lord Lieutenant of the County represented the Queen.

The Memorial Chapel

Immediately south of the Royal Pew is the finely executed Memorial Chapel, initially set apart in memory of the congregation who fell in action in the two World Wars.

The project was actively promoted by Rev Robert Dollar, the Minister of the Abbey Church from 1940 to 1969.

The design is by James Shearer and the Chapel was dedicated in 1952. Every item subsequently placed within the chapel is gifted in memory of someone.

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