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Publication Account

Date 1978

Event ID 1017884

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


The Episcopal Church by Elm House marks the site of the Franciscan Friary first mentioned in 1242 (Cowan and Easson, 1976, 126). It was burned by the English in 1355 and 1547. In what was to be a temporary move, the friary was alienated to the magistrates in 1555 and six years later orders for its demolition were issued although the friary church was not taken down until 1572. The Greyfriars Church of Haddington was called 'the Lamp of Lothian' in honour of its magnificence. Part of the foundations of the building and evidently the remains of a graveyard were uncovered in 1878 when workmen built a large drain through the grounds of the friary (Robb, n. d., 184).

Information from ‘Historic Haddington: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1978).

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