IT is the final resting place of many of the Capital’s most famous former residents.
Dating back to the late 16th century, Greyfriars Kirkyard is a regular haunt for tourists and residents alike, not least those keen to explore its links with Greyfriars Bobby.
This week, the kirkyard made headlines after a group of youngsters played football amid centuries of human remains.
The film of the match, which was uploaded to Facebook, showed eight men kicking a ball around the category A-listed site, with their jumpers draped over the historic gravestones.
Shot on a mobile phone and set to cheery samba music, critics slammed the film for showing a “total lack of respect” for their surroundings.
But as our pictures show, the Kirkyard has long been treated with the respect it deserves.
In May 1981, the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to unveil a gravestone in memory of Greyfriars Bobby, and took the time to chat with primary school children who were invited to the ceremony.
Scots actress Barbara Rafferty was there in June 1989 for the filming of a television version of Middle Scots morality play Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis.
A Covenanters memorial service in the kirkyard was led by Mr J Hitchen in June 1958.
And the kirkyard was a vision of winter when it was covered with a blanket of snow in December 1937.