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Watch House And Churchyard, Old Parish Church, Glencorse

A Category C Listed Building in Glencorse, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8547 / 55°51'17"N

Longitude: -3.2077 / 3°12'27"W

OS Eastings: 324491

OS Northings: 663051

OS Grid: NT244630

Mapcode National: GBR 601R.B2

Mapcode Global: WH6T5.P3PJ

Plus Code: 9C7RVQ3R+VW

Entry Name: Watch House And Churchyard, Old Parish Church, Glencorse

Listing Name: Old Glencorse Kirk, Watch House Kirkyard and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 22 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395088

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47754

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glencorse

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian West

Parish: Glencorse

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Earlier 18th century with alterations. Single storey Watch House; sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings; stone boundary wall.

S ELEVATION: door (later); blocked rectangular window to right, stone lintels.

E ELEVATION: blank; gablehead with stack; modern security lighting at gablehead.

N ELEVATION: coursed ashlar rear, no features; memorial wall adjacent.

W ELEVATION: not seen.

Original glazing pattern and roof lost.

INTERIOR: not seen.

KIRKYARD AND BOUNDARY WALLS: numerous "trade" gravestones and sepulchral monuments. Rubble boundary walls with copes.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Old Glencorse Kirk. The Watch House was built possibly as an Offertory House, post 1711 then altered to protect newly buried bodies from grave robbers who came, stole corpses, then sold them to the School of Anatomy in Edinburgh. A family (Cowan/Sanford) burial ground is behind the structure, enclosure with inset memorial tablets in wall. The burial ground in which it is set features in 'The Body-Snatcher' and 'Weir of Hermiston' by Robert Louis Stevenson, who was a frequent visitor to the Old Kirk.

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