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(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.[1] The element "Inver", from the Gaelic inbhir, refers to the confluence of the river Esk with the Firth of Forth.[2] The village was formerly in the Midlothian
parish of the same name and developed distinctly from the separate burgh of Musselburgh.


1 History 2 St. Michael's Church

2.1 Noteworthy graves

3 Other notable persons linked to Inveresk 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Inveresk
is notable for its fine street of 17th- and 18th-century houses. 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.[3] St. Michael's Church[edit] 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 century.[clarification needed][4] Noteworthy graves[edit]

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). Very Rev Alexander Carlyle
Alexander Carlyle
(1722-1805) Curious cubic gravestones to Admiral Archibald Cochran (d.1843) and his son Admiral Thomas Cochran (d.1888) Rev William Lindsay Alexander (1808-1884) John Cran, shipbuilder (1849-1940) The Buller-Elphinstone tomb: William Elphinstone, 15th Lord Elphinstone, Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone
Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone
(a sarcophagus-style monument at the east end of the Victorian section) James Greenlees
James Greenlees
(1870-1951) rugby player and scholar, headmaster of Loretto College
Loretto College
1926-41 (a atone on the west wall of the Victorian section) 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
Patrick Lindesay
(1778-1839), military hero, Acting Governor of New South Wales
New South Wales
in 1831 (stone fully obscured by yew trees) John Grieve: John Grieve was awarded the Victoria Cross
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
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 his father 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 (1835-1882)

Other notable persons linked to Inveresk[edit]

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.[5] Henry Yule
Henry Yule
(1820-1899), Scottish Orientalist, born here


^ Burnet,JEM (1999) A reason for Inveresk. Courtyard Press, Inveresk. ISBN 0-9537450-0-7 ^ 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. ISBN 9781444729139. 

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