James Stewart, Earl of Moray, was half brother to Mary, Queen of Scots and he was the first of a number of regents ruling Scotland in name of King James VI of Scotland, son of Mary. Â He was assassinated in 1570 and John Knox preached at his funeral.
The first element that grabs your attention as you approach the Moray Aisle are the regimental colors hung from the wall. Â All these flags have been presented to St. Giles' by various regiments since the end of the 19th century.
Another notable feature of the Moray Aisle is on its west wall - the bronze memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). Â This bronze memorial was created by the American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1904. Â The original sketch dates from 1888; it shows the author reading a newspaper and smoking a cigarette. Â When Saint-Gaudens adapted the design of the original for the Cathedral, he shows the author writing. Stevenson was born in Edinburgh and died in Samoa, and is the author of some very notable stories such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.