The Canongate received its name from the Cannons of nearby Holyrood Abbey. The Palace of Holyrood House is now part of the Canongate area, but until well after the Reformation, the Palace was its own Royalty, separate from the Canongate.
Along the road, near the gate to the Palace, is Queen Mary's Bathhouse:
Following the Reformation, a new Kirk took over worship for the citizens of the Canongate. This continues to be the Kirk attended by the royal family when they are in residence at Holyrood Palace.
Across from the Kirk is the Edinburgh Museum, housed in what was once Huntly House. The museum is free and loaded with historic gems. Well worth a visit.
Replica of the National Covenant
Some of the signatories to the National Covenant
Badges carried by members of various clubs and societies in Edinburgh
Greyfriar's Bobby's collar, paid for by the Lord Provost, William Chambers.
Bobby now belongs to the City
Bobby's bowl and water cup
And the site of the original Lady Haig's Poppy Factory:
Further up the "Mile" is the End of the World Pub, so named as it was at the actual gate to the walled city of Edinburgh and the citizens of Edinburgh believed that the wall was, to all intents and purposes, the end of their world.
The markings of the gate to the old wall