Age: Heritage (<400 yrs)
Access: Public ~ No fees nor times apply
Site Type: Woodland
Location: Abercorn Estate, South Queensferry, West Lothian EH30 9SL
OS Map Grid: NT 082 791
Coordinates: 55.996178, -3.473836

Abercorn has an ancient ecclesiastical history and a monastery was built here during the later 7th century to administer to the Picts under the control of the Northumbrian Bishop Trumwine. After the battle of Nechtansmere when the Northumbrians were heavily defeated by the Picts, Trumwine’s mission was abandoned.

The present church at Abercorn is of 12th century origin with later additions and contains fragments of 7th century Northumbrian crosses. Although no yews exist in the churchyard, the area of grounds linked to Hopetoun House surrounding it possesses many growing in dense woodland habitats, but none are likely to be more than 300 years old. Some of these yews have either partially or wholly been toppled, with rabbit burrows destabilising the ground the most likely cause, However,despite their predicament they continue to live as best they can in such mitigated circumstances and sometimes react in extraordinary ways to their individual habitats.

Access: Public ~ No fees nor times apply
Age: Heritage (<400 yrs)
Site Type: Woodland
Location: Abercorn Estate, South Queensferry, West Lothian EH30 9SL
OS Map Grid: NT 082 791
Coordinates: 55.996178, -3.473836