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At the Reformation the choir and transepts were remodelled for Protestant worship, and the choir and transepts were left to decay. These were subsequently restored. The old sacristy is largely 17th century, though parts of it may date to before the Reformation. Since the 17th century it has been used as a burial aisle.
The Lauderdale Monument
Within the Lauderdale Aisle is a superb Renaissance monument in beautifully carved marble to John Maitland, Lord Thirlstane. Maitland (d. 1595) served as Chancellor of Scotland under James V. The memorial is ornamented with alabaster effigies to Maitland, his wife, Jane Fleming, and their son John, the 1st Earl of Lauderdale. Beneath the monument is the Lauderdale family vault.
Visiting the Lauderdale Aisle
The aisle is open during the regular church opening hours (when I visited in 2011 this was most afternoons from May-September). St Mary's is a stunning church, obviously much loved and cared for. Volunteer guides were available when I visited, and they were very helpful and eager to offer information about the church. A sign at the entrance to the aisle indicates that it is reserved for prayer, so please be quiet and considerate when entering! In truth, the Aisle was much smaller than I had expected. One end is taken up by a small altar, while the entire side facing you is occupied by the enormous Maitland memorial. This is truly a magnificent creation, which seems almost more gilt than stone! For more see the St Mary's Haddington church website.
About Lauderdale Aisle
Address: St Mary's Church, Sidegate, Haddington, Lothian, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church - Monument
Location: On the B6368 in the centre of Haddington, south of the A1/A6093 junction.
Website: Lauderdale Aisle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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