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Herdmanston, East Lothian, (see also: Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland)

(55°55′6″N, 2°50′52″W)
NT 471 698
pre-1975 traditional (Scotland) East Lothian
now East Lothian
medieval St. Andrews
  • James King
09 May 2012

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Feature Sets

A Romanesque stoup was set against an interior wall of the chapel until the 1950s, when it was moved to the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.


The chapel at Herdmanston was founded in the early 13th century by John Sinclair of Herdmanston, appearing in deeds as the ‘chapel of St John the Evangelist near the castle’ of Herdmanston. The chaplain was subject to Salton Church, which belonged to the Abbey of Dryburgh. The abbey was granted a small section of land in return for concessions made for the chapel.





There is no evidence for a church or chapel on this site earlier than the 13th century, yet the stoup is of obvious 12th-century date. The earliest location for the stoup is unknown.


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.

RCAHMS, Inventory of Monuments in East Lothian. Edinburgh 1924, 106-7.