Dirleton Parish Church
Golyn was the original name of the Parish, and the ruins of the first Church built in the 12th Century are still to be seen in Gullane. In 1600, SIR THOMAS ERSKINE, a close friend of King James VI, received the Barony of Dirleton for saving the life of the King.
On 23rd October 1612, Sir Thomas Erskine, soon to be the Earl of Kellie, obtained the permission of Parliament in Edinburgh to build a new Church at Dirleton. The reason given was that the old kirk "is sa incommodiouslie situat beside the sea sand that the same, with the kirk yard thereof, is continewallie overblawin with sand, that nather the Kirk servis commodiouslie for the convening of the parichiners, nor yet the kirk yard for their Burial".
The Archerfield Aisle
The Aisle is said to be the first example of the Neo-Classical style of architecture in Scotland. It was begun soon after the Earl's death by his widow Elizabeth Debousy, and was to have contained a marble monument to the Earl. It was imperfectly completed in 1660 when his grandson James, Earl of Salisbury, sold the estate to Sir John Nisbet.
Sir John Nisbet
He bequeathed his Bible for the use of the Kirk, and his estate to his cousin William Nisbet of Craigentinny who was Member of Parliament for the County of Haddington in the last Scottish Parliament and the first British one. Jean Bennet, the second wife of William Nisbet presented the Church with Communion Silver on the occasion of her Marriage, the 24th of April, 1711.
Mary Hamilton Nisbet
Mrs. Hamilton Nisbet Ferguson, as she liked to be called, did much to improve the Church and Village of Dirleton. The Tower was properly completed, a Vestry added for the Minister and a new imposing Manse built in 1828. The Castle Wall, the Inn, and the characteristic gables of the cottages are evidence of her good taste and interest in the village.
Archerfield Aisle Window
There have been only 20 ministers since 1576. Andrew McGhie was reproved by James VI for the excessive smoking of tobacco. His son, John McGhie who was Minister in 1633, was prosecuted for not accepting Episcopacy, he being a sturdy Covenanter. He was also a sturdy believer in Witchcraft, and at this time a Witch-burning took place. The Kirk Session Records date from 1655.