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Whittingehame Parish Church

A small red sandstone church built to service the estate and hamlet of Whittingehame in East Lothian. Located 2 miles (3 km) south of East Linton, the church was built in 1722, replacing an earlier church nearby. The first church in the area was built around 664 AD, just to the NW at Luggate, where today there is a field still known as kirklands, when St Cuthbert brought Christianity north from England. A second church was built close to Whittingehame Tower, not far from the site of the current church in 1225 and dedicated by the Bishop of St. Andrews in 1245.

The present church was refurbished in 1822, a vestry was added in 1857 and improved again in 1876. The bell was cast in 1610. Today, it retains its simple pinewood fittings and uncomfortable pews. There are memorials inside to Arthur James Balfour (1848 - 1930), the British Prime Minister, and outside several interesting 18th Century monuments, together with three from the 17th Century which were moved from the old churchyard. The kirkyard also includes the burial enclosure of the Sydserfs of nearby Ruchlaw House.


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