Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

The East Lothian Coast

We carried on down the coast of East Lothian. We reckoned it would be a good idea to get over the border by nightfall and sleep in England.

We stopped randomly- on a whim.

This is the kirkyard at Aberlady. The Scots went in for these, massive, deeply carved gravestones. I don't have a date for this one, but it'll be 18th century.

And here's the Seton Collegiate Church. The Seton family- who were local warlords- and later Jacobites-  funded a college of priests to pray for their souls. The church still stands. The priests' house is a ruin. There was an awful lot of violence in this area, through the period of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  The battle of Preston Pans was fought just down the road and the Collegiate Church got done over several times- by English invaders, protestant mobs, Hanoverian soldiers.  For a while it was abandoned and used as a carpenter's shop. Then the Weemys family refurbished it and turned it into a mausoleum. Ailz found the interior made her feel really panicky- like she'd been locked up and was never going to get out alive. I just found it solemn.

We took afternoon tea in St Abbs. There's a fishing village there and a rocky headland that's a designated Nature reserve.


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