John Halkerston

John Halkerston was a Scottish architect prominent in the 15th century. He was Master of Works at Trinity College Kirk, Edinburgh, in the 1460s.[1][2] Around the same time, he worked on St John's Kirk, in Perth, whose northwest porch is now named "Halkerston Tower"[3] in his honour.[4] The door of the tower is known as the "Bride's Entrance" due to its use during weddings today.[5][6]

John Halkerston
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Halkerston Tower and the "Bride's Entrance" at St John's Kirk, Perth, looking northeast
DesignSt John's Kirk, Perth

Halkerston's Wynd, a section of the Edinburgh town walls, is named for him.[7]


  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Chalmer's Close, Trinity College Church Apse, Including Carved Stone Fragments and Boundary Walls (Category A Listed Building) (LB25747)". Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  2. ^ Perth: The Archaeology and Development of a Scottish Burgh – David P. Bowler, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, Perth, 2004, p. 21
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "St John's Kirk, Kirkside, St John's Place, St John Street (Category A Listed Building) (LB39300)". Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  4. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Graphic and Accurate Description of Every Place in Scotland, Francis Hindes Groome (1901)
  5. ^ "A walk around the exterior of the Kirk" – St John's Kirk official website
  6. ^ "A walk around the Stunning Interior of the Kirk" – St John's Kirk official website
  7. ^ The History of the Collegiate Church and Hospital of the Holy Trinity and the Trinity Hospital, Edinburgh, 1460–1661 (1911), p. 20