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Musselburgh, Inveresk St Michael's Parish Church And Graveyard

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned), Sundial(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Musselburgh, Inveresk St Michael's Parish Church And Graveyard

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned), Sundial(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) St Michael's Kirk

Canmore ID 53821

Site Number NT37SW 17

NGR NT 34432 72069

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Inveresk (East Lothian)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT37SW 17 3442 7206

See also NT37SW 18 and NT37SW 19.

(NT 3442 7206) Church (NAT)

on the site of St Michael's Church (NR)

OS 6" map (1852)

Inveresk parish church, which was dedicated to St Michael and All Angels (H Scott 1950) was granted to Dunfermline Abbey by David I c.1128.

The present church was opened for worship in 1806, on the site of its predecessor, which had become ruinous and inadequate.

I B Cowan 1967; NSA 1845

St Michael's Church is modern, dated 1805. The earliest grave-stone is of 17th c date. No further information.

Visited by OS (JLD) 9 December 1953

Architecture Notes


'Builder', 7/10/1893


Inveresk, near Edinburgh. - The plans submittted by J. MacIntyre Henry , of Edinburgh, in a recent limited competition for altering and reseating the parish church of Inveresk have been adopted by the heritors and congregation. Including a new organ by Messrs. Lewis & Co., London, the cost of the work will be about 4,000l.

Major Ramsay's Monument

Coade stone

This turns out to be at St Michael's Church Inveresk, Musselburgh. Mr Boag at Edinburgh Castle said that Major Ramsay was famous for his exploit in bringing back guns at Waterloo, where he was killed aged 33. Mr Boag knew immediately where he was buried, and the monument is in the churchyard a few yards from the church door. A gun (as in General Bowes' Monument at Beverley Minster), cannon balls and other things connected with guns stand on a sarcophagus, on top are a flag, his sword and helmet and sabretache. It is all in perfect condition, but has been painted a horrid pale blue-grey. The paint is unblemished, shiny and looks quite recent. Nearby are his wife, daughter and other relations in stone tombs.

Information from Miss Alison Kelly, 1983.


Scottish Record Office

The need for building a new church.

Printed memorial.

No date. GD171/Box 122/Bundle 1/41


Note (21 June 2018)

St Michael's Church, Inveresk was recorded as part of the Listed Building Recording Survey in 2017.


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