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Yester Chapel (Formerly St Cuthbert's Collegiate Church), Yester House, GiffordLB14695

Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - 5, 40-42, 44
Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 54462 67122
354462, 667122


15th century chapel with east window of 1635 and later refacing. Adam Brothers, 1753, Rococo Gothic west elevation. Probably remaining choir and transepts of St Cuthbert s Collegiate Church, served as Yester Parish Church until 1705.

Large blocks of coursed sandstone, 15th century base course, eaves cornice and a slab slated roof.


WEST ELEVATION: Adam Brothers, 1753. Gabled entrance bay with recessed pointed-arch panel; ogival doorway, crocketted carving and finials; studded door ornate armorial above flanked by small niches; oval oculus at apex of recessed panel with ornamented surround and looped tracery. Pendant frieze to cornice and cusping to gablehead, with feathery crockets and finial. Diagonal set-off angle buttresses.

EAST ELEVATION: reticulated traceried window, 1635, with moulded surround in choir jamb; cross finial. Blank sides to north and south.

TRANSEPTS: to north and south with set-off angle buttresses, masque corbels and shaped mannered carving above cornice to the west. 3-light stone round-arched windows in recessed segmental panels to the north and south; cross finials.

INTERIOR: pointed stone vaults to each jamb, depressed arches into transepts; Tweeddale burial monuments of 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Remnants of medieval wall painting.

Statement of Special Interest

An archaeological survey of 2015 discovered and recorded remnants of rare medieval wall paintings to the interior of the south transcept of the church.

Statutory address, category of listing and listed building record revised in 2016. Previously listed as 'Yester House, St Bothan s Chapel, Formerly St Cuthbert s Collegiate Church'.



Canmore: CANMORE ID 56144

Printed Sources

Addyman Archaeology (2015) Yester Chapel, Gifford East Lothian, Recording Works Report. Unpublished.

MacGibbon, D. and Ross, T. (1896) Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland. Volume 3. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. p.309-315.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (1924) Eighth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of East Lothian. Edinburgh: RCAHMS. p.143-5.

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