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Prestonpans, Kirk Street, Prestongrange Church And War Memorial

Cemetery (Post Medieval), Church (16th Century), War Memorial (18th Century)

Site Name Prestonpans, Kirk Street, Prestongrange Church And War Memorial

Classification Cemetery (Post Medieval), Church (16th Century), War Memorial (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Prestonpans Parish Church; Jacobite Memorial

Canmore ID 53658

Site Number NT37SE 18

NGR NT 38820 74558

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT37SE 18 38820 74558.

(NT 3882 7455) Prestonpans church, once a vicarage belonging to Holyrood Abbey, was burnt down by Hereford in 1544. A new church was built in 1595 by John Davidson on ground granted by the laird. This church was almost certainly a rectangle with a W tower. The present church was erected in 1774, incorporating the old tower and other fragments of the earlier church. Additions and alterations were made c.1890. (See also NT37SE 19).

NSA 1845 (W Cunningham); G Hay 1957; H Scott 1915

As described and in use. The W end and tower have been cement-rendered. There is a blocked doorway in the S- probably of the 16th century structure.

Visited by OS (JP) 4 January 1972

The present church was erected in 1774 incorporating elements of the 16th century church. The church is in use and is as described in 1972.

Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 22nd February 1996.


Photographic Survey (September 1962)

Survey of Prestongrange Parish Church, Prestonpans, East Lothian, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1962.

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.

Watching Brief (15 May 2017 - 6 September 2017)

GUARD Archaeology Ltd were commissioned by Crosbie Stonecraft to undertake an archaeological watching brief during the down taking of part of an existing graveyard wall and excavation of a foundation trench to facilitate the construction of a new wall at Prestongrange church, Prestonpans, East Lothian. Seven dressed stones, re-used building stones, and a seventeenth century gravestone dated 1646, were recovered from the fabric of the wall during down taking. Below the wall evidence of an earlier clay bonded wall was discovered. Large fragments of animal long bone were recovered, but not retained, from topsoil during excavation of the foundation trench for the new wall, no human bone was encountered during the course of the work.

Information from OASIS ID: guardarc1-295198 (A Hunter Blair) 2017


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