Gifford Village East Lothian

Gifford Village near to Haddington in East Lothian, Scotland. A river called the Colstoun Water runs through it. The village is name after Sir Hugo de Giffard of Yester, owner of the baronies of Yester. Yester Castle was built in Yester wood which a church also stood from 1241 (now a ruin). There are two golf courses. Gifford Golf Club and Castle Park Golf Club.  In the centre of the Village still stands the Mercat Cross erected in 1780. In 1723 a John Witherspoon was born in the Village of Gifford, after his studies he gained a degree from the University of Edinburgh at age 16 (1739) and became a clergyman. He later was offered the position of President of Princeton University in the United States. He Emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1768 taking the post at Princeton.  8 years later he became the only clergyman to sign the the United States Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776.

There are many plaques in Edinburgh honouring Witherspoon including The New College Mound Place Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Medical School Teviot Place Edinburgh. There is also a statue of Witherspoon in Paisley, Scotland where he was minister of the Laigh Kirk Church, Paisley for 10 years. 

The Mercat Cross Gifford Village

Yester Church Ruins

Yester Castle Ruins

Gifford Village



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