Inveresk (Gaelic: Inbhir Easg) is a village in East Lothian, Scotland
situated immediately to the south of Musselburgh. It has been
designated a conservation area since 1969. It is situated on slightly
elevated ground on the north bank of a loop of the River Esk. This
ridge of ground, 20 to 25 metres above sea level, was used by the
Romans as the location for a fort in the 2nd century AD.
The element "Inver", from the Gaelic inbhir, refers to the confluence
of the river Esk with the Firth of Forth.
The village was formerly in the
Midlothian parish of the same name and
developed distinctly from the separate burgh of Musselburgh.
2 St. Michael's Church
2.1 Noteworthy graves
3 Other notable persons linked to Inveresk
5 External links
Inveresk is notable for its fine street of 17th- and 18th-century
Inveresk Lodge is now privately leased, but the adjacent
Inveresk Lodge Garden
Inveresk Lodge Garden belongs to the National Trust for Scotland, and
its west facing gardens overlooking the river Esk are open to the
public. This was formerly the mansion of James Wedderburn who had made
his fortune as a slave-owning sugar plantation owner in Jamaica. When
his son by one of his slaves, Robert Wedderburn, travelled to Inveresk
to claim his kinship he was insultingly rejected by his father who
gave him some small beer and a broken or bent sixpence. This
experience turned Robert Wedderburn to radicalism.
The war memorial, south of the church, was designed by Sir Robert
Lorimer in 1920.
St. Michael's Church
The village is dominated by St. Michaels church that stands at its
west end on the summit of the local hill overlooking Musselburgh. Its
graveyard/cemetery stretches westwards for almost 300m and is split
into separate walled sections (marking its various stages of
extension) which can be broadly bracketed as original (mainly 18th
century), a late Victorian extension, an Edwardian/ early 20th century
extension to the north, and a modern section to the far west.
The current church is by Robert Nisbet and dates to 1805 and has a
stone spire of Wren-influence but is believed to date to the 6th
Major William Norman Ramsay's grave, Inveresk
The graveyard has a number of interesting graves:-
A white-painted, cast-iron sculpture of a coffin draped in military
regalia, atop a full-sized cannon and cannon-balls, just south of the
church marking the grave of Major William Norman Ramsay of Waterloo
fame (see separate article Order of battle of the Waterloo Campaign)
A monument to 7 fishermen from
Fisherrow of the fishing-boat "Alice of
Boddam", lost in the storm of 14 October 1881 (generally referred to
as the Eyemouth Disaster).
Alexander Carlyle (1722-1805)
Curious cubic gravestones to Admiral Archibald Cochran (d.1843) and
his son Admiral Thomas Cochran (d.1888)
William Lindsay Alexander (1808-1884)
John Cran, shipbuilder (1849-1940)
The Buller-Elphinstone tomb: William Elphinstone, 15th Lord
Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone
Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone (a
sarcophagus-style monument at the east end of the Victorian section)
James Greenlees (1870-1951) rugby player and scholar, headmaster of
Loretto College 1926-41 (a atone on the west wall of the Victorian
A large monument to several of Hope Baronets of Craighall (against the
far east wall), including Sir Archibald Hope, 9th Baronet
Major General Sir
Patrick Lindesay (1778-1839), military hero, Acting
New South Wales
New South Wales in 1831 (stone fully obscured by yew
John Grieve: John Grieve was awarded the
Victoria Cross for his
bravery at the
Battle of Balaklava
Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War.
Admiral Sir David Milne 1763-1845, his son Admiral Sir Alexander Milne
1806-1896 and his geologist son
David Milne-Home 1805-1890
David Rae, Lord Eskgrove
David Rae, Lord Eskgrove (1724-1804) (on the outer south-west corner
of the church)
Sir William Rae, 3rd Baronet
Sir William Rae, 3rd Baronet (1769-1842) son of the above, buried with
Alexander Handyside Ritchie
Alexander Handyside Ritchie sculptor (1804-1870)
The Wedderbrn tomb:
Sir David Wedderburn, 1st Baronet (1775-1858), Sir
John Wedderburn, 2nd Baronet, Sir David Wedderburn, 3rd Baronet
Other notable persons linked to Inveresk
James Murray, 2nd Duke of Atholl, buried here.
Robert Mylne, architect/master mason, 1633-1710, lived and died here
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright the chef and broadcaster lived here until her
death in March 2014.
Henry Yule (1820-1899), Scottish Orientalist, born here
^ Burnet,JEM (1999) A reason for Inveresk. Courtyard Press, Inveresk.
^ Dixon, Norman. "The Placenames of Midlothian" (PDF). Archived from
the original (PDF) on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-07-04. "'The
mouth of the R. Esk' v. G. inbhir, inbhear: 'the confluence of a
stream with the sea.'"
^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Robert Lorimer
^ McWilliam, Colin (1978). Buildings of
Scotland Lothian except
Edinburgh. Penguin Books.
^ Dickson Wright, Clarissa (2012). Clarissa's England: A gamely gallop
through the English counties. Hodder & Stoughton.
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