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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
CHAPEL OF OUR LADY OF LORETTO and HERMITAGE (Remains of) Chapel of our Lady of Loretto
Loretto Chapel and Hermitage (Remains of)
Loretto Chapel and Hermitage (Remains of)
Loretto Chapel (Site of)
Chalmer's Caledonia vol. [volume] 2 p. [page] 802
Revd. [Reverend] Mr. Beveridge
Revd. [Reverend] Mr Langhorne
Mr Kemp High Street
[Situation] A few Chains N.E. [North East] of East Port.
A large mound of Earth, overgrown with trees, and covering the remains of a vault or cell, the site of the Chapel of Loretto, at one time the most noted shrine in Scotland. A few years ago in maKing Some excavations on the spot a quantity of human bone was discovered but at the request of the Rev [Reverend] Thomas Langhorne, Episcopal Clergyman, they were again deposited in the vault. No authentic account exists of the date of its foundation. Turn over, [continued on page 6]

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Parish of InveresK.

31 - Chapel of our Lady of Loretto Loretto Chapel and Hermitage (Remains of)

"The celebrated chapel dedicated to our Lady of Loretto, stood beyond the
Eastern gate of Musselburgh, and, on the margin of the links; but we have
no authentic account as to the time of its erection. Pilgrimages from all
parts of the Country were performed to this Shrine. According to Keith (280,)
it was Connected with the Nunnery of the Sciennes, in the South wing of
Edinburgh; and Gough, the Antiquarian, says regarding it, that pregnant
women sent handsome presents of money accompanying their Child bed linen
which latter was consecrated to promote their safe and easy delivery.
In August 1520, James V performed a pilgrimage from Stirling to
it, on foot, before setting sail for France, to woo and win a partner
for his throne"
Abridged from Statistical Account (1845)
Page 272.

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This Name Book refers to Musselburgh 1853 - Sheet 09
OS large scale Scottish town plans, 1847-1895 - Scale: 1:1056

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