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Haddington, Giffordgate, Knox House

House (18th Century)

Site Name Haddington, Giffordgate, Knox House

Classification House (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'John Knox's House'; Newton Port

Canmore ID 56503

Site Number NT57SW 20

NGR NT 52008 73650

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT57SW 20 52008 73650.

(NT 5202 7312) Supposed Birthplace of John Knox (NAT)

OS 6" map (1855)

According to the OSA, John Knox was a native of Haddington and the house in Giffordgate in which he was born still remained. Miller, however, states that this is based on the fact that a family called Knox lived in a house in the Giffordgate; this family did not go to reside there until 3 years after the reformer had died in 1572.

OSA 1792; J Miller 1844

The ONB uses the above authorities only and identifies the house as "John Knox's House, Site of (Supposed Birthplace of the Scottish Reformer)".

Name Book 1853

At NT 5203 7366 is a mature oak tree encircled by a low stone wall surmounted by a railing. A large stone slab rests against the inside of the encircling wall and bears the following inscription: "Near this spot stood the house in which was born John Knox AD 1505. In commemoration an oak tree was here planted 29th March 1881 after the wish of the late Thomas Carlyle."

No further information was found.

Visited by OS (BS) 9 July 1975


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