The church was converted into a barracks when Oliver Cromwell’s troops occupied Edinburgh in 1650. The soldiers destroyed the pews and fittings inside the building. The church was used as a military barracks for three years.
The National Covenant was signed in Greyfriars kirkyard in 1638.
A sum of money was set aside by the Town Council to build a church in Greyfriars Burial Ground in 1602. The buttresses, stones and doors from the ruins of the Convent of St Catherine of Siena on the Burgh Muir were used to build Greyfriars the first post-Reformation church to be built in Edinburgh. The work was finally completed when the tower was finished nineteen years later.
Greyfriars Kirk is closed due to the present global situation. Services are being held online. Check out https://us04web.zoom.us/j/957491175?pwd=MlozamF5TEZGczAzNjg5U2t2cXlKZz09