St Mary's Church *
Region: Lothian & Scottish Borders
Dating from 12th century, the original building was reconstructed during the 15th century starting with the vaulted stone choir, built in 1439 by Adam Hepburn of Hailes. From the 1300s miracles began to be reported by people drinking at a nearby well and Whitekirk quickly became a major centre for pilgrimage. The church was set on fire in 1914, supposedly by suffragettes, but later restored. Although this church was originally painted white (hence the name of the village), for one reason or another it has never been repainted (?)
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