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Parish of Morham

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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1791-99: Morham
1834-45: Morham

Morham, a parish of central Haddingtonshire, whose church stands 4 miles ESE of Haddington. Bounded W and NW by Haddington, NE by Prestonkirk, and SE by Whittingham and Garvald, the parish has an utmost length from ENE to WSW of 3 ½ miles, an utmost breadth of 1 5/8 mile, and an area of 2087 ¼ acres. The surface, drained to the Tyne by Bearford Burn, is part of a gently undulating plain, with northward declension, which sinks little below 200, and little exceeds 400, feet above sea-level. A pretty little glen forms the minister's pasture glebe; but elsewhere the scenery is tame and bare. Trap rock abounds, and sandstone has been quarried; whilst coal of inferior quality was formerly worked. The soil in general inclines to clay. Morham Castle, which stood near the parish church, has wholly disappeared. The Earl of Wemyss divides the parish with four lesser proprietors. Morham is in the presbytery of Haddington and the synod of Lothian and Tweeddale; the living is worth £234. The parish church, built in 1724, contains 100 sittings; and the public school, with accommodation for 54 children, had (1883) an average attendance of 27, and a grant of £31, 4s. Valuation (1860) £3482, (1884) £2837, 5s. Pop. (1801) 254, (1831) 262, (1861) 281, (1871) 204, (l881) 209.—Ord. Sur., sh. 33, 1863.

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