The History of Leith

May 26, 2012

Temple Lands

Father Hay records that the Knights of the
Hospital had an establishment at Currie, then
called Kill-leith (i.e., the
Chapel by the Leith),
which was a chief commandery. But there lies
in the village churchyard
a tombstone six feet
long by two broad, on
which there is carved a
sword of the thirteenth
century, with the guard
depressed, and above it
the eight-pointed cross
of the Temple, encircled
by a rosary of beads.
It was for a time built into the wall of the village
school-house.
In 1670 Scott of Bavelaw was retoured in the
Temple lands and Temple houses of Currie. The
fragment of the old church bore the impress of
great antiquity, and when it was removed to make
way for the present plain-looking place of worship,
there was found a silver ornament supposed to be
the stand of a crucifix, or stem of an altar candlestick,
as it had a screw at each end, and was seven
inches long by one and one-eighth in diameter.
On a scroll, it bore in Saxon characters, the legend—
Jesu . file. De . Miserere . Mei
It is now preserved in the Museum of Antiquities.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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