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Currie, Kirkgate, Currie Kirk

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    CURRIE PARISH CHURCH (ST KENTIGERN'S); CURRIE OLD PARISH CHURCH; KINLEITH PARISH CHURCH
  • Canmore ID
    50274
  • Site type
    CHURCH, SESSION HOUSE
  • Parish
    CURRIE
  • Council
    MIDLOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 18301 67655
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.895063N, 3.307994W
  • Archeological notes
    NT16NE 18.00 18301 67655 NT16NE 18.01 18318 67610 Churchyard NT16NE 18.02 18299 67668 War Memorial (Name: NT 18301 67655) Church (NR) (site of) OS 1:1250 map (1973) Currie, originally Kinleith, parish church, which was dedicated to St Kentigern (St Mungo) is first mentioned in 1296. The present church (at NT 1829 6764) was built in 1785; the choir of its predecessor stands some yards E, measuring 31' x 23' and standing 9' high. It has been used as a burial place, and also as the parish school. Repairs have obliterated nearly all traces of ancient work, but the exterior of the S wall shows a door and window built up, but showing pre-15th c details. Underneath the pathway W of the choir are traces of masonry, showing that the N and S walls are continued in that direction, indicative of transepts. A Reid 1906; RCAHMS 1929, visited 1920; I B Cowan 1967; H Scott 1915; G Hay 1957 A silver ring, 1 1/8" in diameter, now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS), apparently either part of the stalk of a crucifix or of an altar candlestick, was found when digging the foundations of the present church. It is inscribed "Jesu Fili Dei miserere mei" in Saxon lettering. Fullarton 1842 NT 1831 6764: The remains of the old church are incorporated in the David Stewart Memorial Session House of Currie Kirk, built about 1950. Practically all trace of antiquity has been obliterated but the original stonework can be seen in the lower courses of the new building, particularly in the W wall. Two 13th c calvary cross-slabs, found in 1898 close to the old church are preserved in the N wall of the interior of the present church. A 13th century gravestone found at the same time now forms a window sill in the session house. Visited by OS (JTT) 20 August 1965 The foundations of the medieval church have been exposed, and calvary crosses etc which have been found are stacked on the E side of the modern church. Built into the foundation is a large stone with early Norman detail. A bronze pin and a bronze coin or communion token were found in 1973. Information from J Howdle, Curriehill Rd, Currie, 10 July 1973.
  • Architectural notes
    ARCHITECT: James Thompson of Leith 1784 David Bryce - reseated church 1835 David Cousin - enlarged window 1848 REFERENCE SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE: Provision of a new bell for the Kirk. Reciepted account for James Watson's proportion of its cost, 1771 GD150/3292/1/13 Building of the new kirk. Record of payments by Charles Watson of Saughton of his proportion of the cost 1785-1786. GD150/3316/2-11 NMRS REFERENCE PLANS: I.G.Lindsay Collection, W/37 and W/230 PRINT ROOM - Special Collections: LOR/PRINT ROOM/38 Insc: 'Currie Parish - War Memorial. Scheme for treatment of corner of Balerno, Lanark and Edinburgh Roads' Presentation drawing, 13 3/4" x 11" Pencil and watercolour perspective view on tracing, mounted on card. s: Robert Lorimer d: 8/8/1921 LOR/PRINT ROOM/31 Currie Parish Church. Insc: 'Currie Parish Church, Lych Gate as War Memorial' Presentation drawing, 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Perspective view in watercolour and pencil s: Robert Lorimer d: Aug.1919

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 50274 (1870)
    View of Currie Bridge and Church Insc: 'Currie Bridge and Church J.P.140'
  • 50274 (1919)
    War Memorial. Perspective drawing.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 50274 (1950)
    View of entrance front and steeple.
  • 50274 (1950)
    View of entrance front and steeple.
  • 50274 (1905)
    Tombstone, Currie
  • 50274 (1905)
    Tombstone, Currie
  • 50274 (1905)
    Tombstone, Currie
  • 50274 (1905)
    Templar Tombstone, Currie
  • 50274 (1905)
    Currie tombstone
  • 50274 (1905)
    Currie tombstone
  • 50274 (1905)
    Currie tombstone
  • 50274 (1905)
    Currie tombstone
  • 50274 (1905)
    Currie, St. Kentigerns Church
  • 50274 (1973)
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Parish Church. View from South West.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Parish Kirk. View from North West.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Church and Manse General view from West including bridge. Insc: 'Manse and Church, Currie'
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Parish Church. View from North West.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Parish Church. View from North.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie, Currie Parish Church. View of interior showing pulpit.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie, Currie Parish Church. View of interior showing pews.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie, Parish Church. View of pulpit, interior.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Church, Churchyard, Mausoleum View of mausoleum.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie, Currie Church. View from North of entrance front.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. Trench 1, foundations of pre-reformation church.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. Burial in NW corner. Possibly 14th century.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. Late floor-burial with very early cist exposed of unmortared slabs and no stone floor.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. S and N walls, from S.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. Moulding of trefoil or quatrefoil window or door-light.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. Late 16th C (?) burial in church. N wall and burial not yet exposed at top of photograph.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. N wall, from N.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. S and W walls, from N.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. S and W walls.
  • 50274 (1973)
    Copied from colour print. SW corner of church, from S.
  • 50274 ()
    Currie, Church and Bridge. View from North of Water of Leith (postcard). Insc: 'Church and Bridge, Currie'.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 993511 (1949)
    Drawing showing details of Currie Parish Church and mediaeval fragments.
  • 1170238 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk with the burial ground adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 1170237 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk with the burial ground adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 1170236 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk with the burial ground adjacent, taken from the NNW.
  • 1170235 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk with the burial ground adjacent, taken from the NE.
  • 1170234 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the SSE.
  • 1170233 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the SW.
  • 1170232 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the WSW.
  • 1170231 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the WNW.
  • 1170230 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the NNW.
  • 1170229 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the N.
  • 1170228 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the NE.
  • 1170227 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the ENE.
  • 1170226 (9/3/2010)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the kirk, taken from the ESE.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1132452 (2/2005)
    Ground plan
  • 565230 ()
    Currie Church, Churchyard, Mausoleum View of mausoleum.
  • 565228 ()
    Currie, Currie Church. View from North of entrance front.
  • 565179 ()
    Currie Parish Church. View from North West.
  • 565177 ()
    Currie, Currie Parish Church. View of interior showing pulpit.
  • 565176 ()
    Currie, Currie Parish Church. View of interior showing pews.
  • 565175 ()
    Currie Parish Church. View from South West.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 50274 (2/2005)
    Ground plan
  • 50274 ()
    Currie Parish Church. Ground floor plan. Titled: 'Currie, Midlothian'
  • 50274 (1920)
    War Memorial. Plans, elevations and sections. Details including details of name panel. Perspective drawing.
  • 50274 (2/1920)
    Detail of vestibule. Elevation and details of memorial plaque above door. Plan and elevations of war memorial.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 50274 ()
    Folder of photographs and research notes on Midlothian gravestones.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 51852