NT3472 : Loretto School Mound

near to Musselburgh, East Lothian, Great Britain

Loretto School Mound
Loretto School Mound
An artificial mound in Loretto School. A straight stone passage runs into and under the mound. The site has been popularly associated with that of the Chapel of Our Lady of Loretto, but it may have been used as an ice house. The entrance to the passage is set in the central part of a stone wall and over the entrance is the pediment of a dormer window, dated 1647, which is said to have come from Pinkie House. Human skulls and other human bones were found under the mound in 1831. A few years later, more bones were unearthed, and a gold cross and chain. Still more bones were found in 1939 when digging behind the mound for an air-raid shelter. All this suggests that there was a burial ground here, possibly connected with the old chapel, or the bones may be connected with the Battle of Pinkie, they may even be prehistoric, in which case the mound may have originated in a round barrow.
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Friday, 9 June, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 9 June, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 349 729 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6828N 3:2.6332W
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