Gladsmuir Parish Church
|Gladsmuir shown within East Lothian|
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The name Gladsmuir stems from the Scots word gled, meaning a bird of prey, (usually a buzzard), combined with muir; the Scots form of moor, thus Buzzard's Moor might loosely translate Gladsmuir into English.
Gladsmuir's principal "claim to fame" relates to its role as the site of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745). Some sources - particularly maps - occasionally refer to the confrontation as the Battle of Gladsmuir. The Jacobite poet William Hamilton (1704-1754) wrote a poem entitled Gladsmuir in celebration of the battle.
Gladsmuir Parish Kirk is a Romanesque cruciform church dating from 1839 and designed by William Burn. A replacement was built after a fire in 1886 by John Farquarson of Haddington with later improvements made in 1929. The older ruined kirk can still be seen and explored behind the new kirk. The graveyard contains several CWGC graves from both world wars.
- East Lothian Council document about Gladsmuir
- Statistical accounts for Gladsmuir
- "A Vision of Britain" web page about Gladsmuir
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