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More News of Colonel Gardiner .... reporting September 24th 1918

McNeil was the most significant local historian for Tranent and Prestonpans at the beginning of the 20th Century ...

... did he leave this clue for us all as to where Colonel Gardiner lies buried today?

McNeil's Letter to The Scotsman dated September 24th 1918, in the final days of World War I, seems to give a definitive answer to a question many, not least the Rev. Tom Hogg lately Minister at Tranent, have puzzled over for many a year. Colonel Gardiner's last mortal remains, McNeil asserts with supporting witness, are to be found in the altered [1799] Tranent Church some three or four yards west of the pulpit. They were placed there after the foundations for the extended west wall overtook the Colonel's original grave.

click to enlarge the press cutting

Ed. Thanks [again] to Garry Menzies of East Linton for his research that located this Letter.

Published Date: April 12th 2010

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