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St Patrick's Chapel, Muirfield

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0494 / 56°2'57"N

Longitude: -2.8318 / 2°49'54"W

OS Eastings: 348285

OS Northings: 684368

OS Grid: NT482843

Mapcode National: GBR 2P.QZQH

Mapcode Global: WH7TJ.G6RT

Entry Name: St Patrick's Chapel, Muirfield

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6686

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Dirleton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a chapel dedicated to St Patrick, in a wooded area between Muirfield Golf Course and an area of coastline known as the Black Rocks, between Gullane and Dirleton.

The chapel is rectangular and measures 11.2m NE-SW by 5.5m transversely. It is built of rubble masonry, the walls being about 0.6m thick and standing to a maximum height of about 1.8m. In the SE wall there is a doorway and the base of a window, and there would also appear to have been a window in each of the gables. The chapel is known to have been in existence in the early part of the 16th century.

The entire building had become buried in sand and turfed over, but was located on an old estate plan and excavated "some time ago" (reference written in 1931) to a depth of about 1.6m below the surrounding ground level.

The area to be scheduled measures 40m square, its axes NE-SW and NW-SE, encompassing the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated material may be expected to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved medieval chapel; as such it contributes to an understanding of late medieval ecclesiastical architecture, religious practices and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 48 SE 13.


Curr, W. S. (1930-31) 'Caves at Archerfield', Transactions of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society, Vol. 2, Part II, 114.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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