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hello...The proud ruin of St Martin's Kirk stands on the very eastern edge of Haddington. To its east is a playing field and, beyond that, open countryside. From the west and the south it is overlooked by houses built during the 20th century expansion of Haddington on the east side of the River Tyne.

What you find today at St Martins is a roofless oblong shell standing within a larger walled enclosure. The gable ends are especially imposing and there remain traces of a barrel vaulted roof at the west end. The building is 55ft long by 16.5ft wide, and the side walls are 4.5ft thick. St Martin's appears to have stood just within the western gateway of the precinct of St Mary's Cistercian Nunnery and would have served as a place of worship for residents of this side of Haddington.
This nunnery was founded in about 1155 by Ada, Countess of Northumberland. St Martin's would have been intended to provide a place of worship for the people of Haddington. The date is approximate: most sources now date the establishment of the nunnery to before 1159. And until his death in 1152, Ada had been married to Prince Henry of Scotland, son of David I. The son she had with Henry went on to succeed David I as Malcolm IV.

With such prestigious and powerful patrons it is unsurprising that St Mary's Cistercian Nunnery rapidly grew to become one of the largest nunneries in Scotland. It probably stood on a site just north of the River Tyne near Abbeymill Farm enjoy dale

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  • Copyright: dale rys (dale54) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1030 W: 0 N: 2568] (17588)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-04-17
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  • Date Submitted: 2021-04-18 10:43
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