Kirknewton, parish

Grid reference

NT 114 669 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

311400 666900





Nearby places

St Cuthbert's Church, East Calder, Kirknewton (1.94 miles)

East Calder, former parish, Kirknewton (1.94 miles)

Dalmahoy, settlement, Ratho (2.08 miles)

Mid Calder, parish, aka Calder Comitis (2.55 miles)

St Mungo's Well, Mid Calder (2.68 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for the old parish kirk, of which NMRS records Norman remains and a hogback stone. This was site of medieval parish kirk, abandoned when Kirknewton was united with East Calder in 1750/1751.

Relationships with other parishes

Contains East Calder, former parish, Kirknewton

Relationships with other places

Contains St Cuthbert's Church, East Calder, Kirknewton

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Also known as Newton, the church, both in parsonage and vicarage, was erected into a prebend of the collegiate church of St Giles in 1472 and while definite proof is wanting, it appears to have remained as such, since in the valuation of the benefice given up at the Reformation there occur deductions and payments made to the prebendaries of St Giles, while the cure itself was served by a vicar pensioner (Cameron Apostolic Camera, 172; RSS iii no.2621; Ass. 118; Reg. of Pres. i, 92v, 151, 153). Cowan 1967, 123). In 12th century the region of Calder was divided into 2 manors - Calder-Clere - now Kirknewton KNN, and Calder Comitis or Earl’s Calder, which embraced all the modern parishes of Mid and West Calder MCR and WCA (Dixon, MLO PhD 1947, 242-52). This would appear to be wrong. BUT Cowan 1967, 25 under Calder-Clere (StA Linl) states that it is now known as East Calder, and was granted to Kelso by Ralph de Clere c.1170. Subsequent confirmations include one to the uses of the abbey 1188x1200, and a vicarage settlement c.1251 (Kelso Lib. nos. 83, 348, 430). But Barrow in his index to RRS ii indentifies this with Mid Calder MCR q.v. There is much confusion here: RRS i no.164 would identify Neutun with KNN, while Cowan 1967, 156-7 identifies this with Newton which was united with Woomet in 13th c. and was then known as parish of Woomet, and says it is not to be confused with Kirknewton. In Taxation lists churches of Neutun 15 m. Kaldor cler 30 m. Kaldor com[itis] 40 m. are listed together (St A. Lib. 29). Atlas 1996 p.349 says ‘Newton now Kirknewton’, unappropriated; while ‘Woolmet now Newton’ is appropriated. This means that DERW agrees with Cowan rather than Barrow. In fact Barrow seems to be wrong here (see also Newton NTN MLO).