Until the mid-20thc., the stoup was found placed against the N wall of the only surviving section of a chapel built in the 13thc. for the Sinclair family. There is no record known of how and when the stoup made its way into this building. In the mid-1950s, the stoup was given to the National Museum of Scotland, where it remains.
The stoup, carved from a single block of stone, is damaged, but the original features can still be observed. The basic form consists of an upper section with four attached double-scallop capitals with plain shields, above which is a simple impost band with quirk. The top face of the stone block has a bowl area carved out, without decoration or drain. Between the plain cones of the capital are smaller wedge shapes. All of the capitals are carved with simple roll neckings and sit on attached shafts. Each colonette surmounts a semi-bulbous base with a plain upper roll torus, the entire base being wider than the top of the stoup. The back of the stone is uncarved, which suggests the stoup was always placed against/or was engaged in something like a wall.
|Depth (at base)||0.43 m|
R. Fawcett, Scottish Medieval Churches (Stroud, 2002), 276-7.
D. MacGibbon and T. Ross, The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland, I (Edinburgh, 1896), 385-7.
C. McWilliam, The Buildings of Scotland: Lothian (Harmondsworth, 1978), 201.
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 89 (Session 1955-56) (Edinburgh 1958), 460 no. 29.
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 21 (Session 1886-87) (Edinburgh 1887), 377 and 380-81.
RCAHMS, Inventory of Monuments in East Lothian (Edinburgh 1924) 106-7.