SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
Through the pend and down the drive at 17 High Street
Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland EH26 8HS
A Friends Meeting is held on the first Sunday of every month at Valleyfield House in the centre of Penicuik between 11 am and noon, followed by a bring and share lunch. Children are very welcome at Penicuik where there are often special activities during meeting time.
Tel 01968 677854
Other Meetings nearby
Clovenfords (Tweeddale Meeting) 2nd Sunday
Wiston (Lanark Meeting) 3rd Sunday
Peebles (Tweeddale Meeting) 4th Sunday
Morningside (South Edinburgh Meeting) weekly
Victoria Terrace (Central Edinburgh Meeting) weekly
Please check with these meetings and the Quakers in Scotland website (http://quakerscotland.gn.apc.org/) for updated details on these and other Friends meetings in Scotland.
Public transport to Penicuik for 11am Sunday meeting:
MacEwans Coach Service 100 from Waterloo Place at 10:25 (10:29 from Usher Hall, then via Morningside & Fairmilehead). (MacEwans telephone 01387 256533). Or earlier Lothian Buses route 37 from Central Edinburgh (10:15am from North Bridge, then via Newington and Loanhead) - telephone 0131 555 6363 or visit www.lothianbuses.co.uk to check. For more public transport information telephone Traveline (UK telephone 0870 608 2608) or visit www.traveline.org.uk). Please check with operators or Traveline before your journey.
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Penicuik was the birthplace of James Finlayson (1772-1852), the Quaker founder of Finland’s industrial city of Tampere. The town is also indelibly associated with Alexander Cowan (1775-1859) the kindly papermaker.
Valleyfield House, where a Friends meeting is held each month, was the home of the Cowan family, papermakers of Penicuik. Their close cousin Thomas Chalmers, moving spirit of the Free Church, leased Valleyfield House with his family as a retreat for three months in the summers of 1829 and 1834 and many travelled from around Britain, America, and Europe to visit him here in Penicuik, including Elizabeth Fry.
Alexander Cowan’s granddaughter Charlotte Cowan (1833-1921) grew up at Valleyfield House and took up public speaking in a series of campaigns on social issues with Josephine Butler. Her partner was Henry Joseph Wilson (1833-1914), Sheffield gold refiner and reformist MP for Holmfirth. Their son, Alexander Cowan Wilson (1866-1955) was an ardent Quaker social reformer and campaigner for peace.
Charlotte’s younger sisters at home in Penicuik