Fidra, St Nicholas' Church


Site Name Fidra, St Nicholas' Church

Classification Church

Alternative Name(s) Eldbottle

Canmore ID 56654

Site Number NT58NW 26

NGR NT 51 86

NGR Description NT c. 51 86

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Dirleton
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT58NW 26 c. 51 86.

The island of Elbottle (now known as Fidra - NT 51 86) was granted by William de Vaux to the Premonstratensian canons of Dryburgh and, about 1220, canons of that abbey were serving the church of St Nicholas there (see NT58NW 1). Lawrie (1905) calls this a 'cell', but that term exaggerates its status. About 1240, the foundation is specifically described as a 'chantry' (a somewhat unusual term in Scottish charters) in a charter providing for its termination on the island.

I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; Liber de Dryburgh



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