Mercat Cross, Ormiston

Mercat Cross, Ormiston, Scotland

Today, I visited the fascinating, historical village of Ormiston, East Lothian which is located about 30 min drive south of Edinburgh. This is just one of five similarly named villages in Scotland all of which derive from the Old Norse personal name Ormr,a name which is associated with ‘worm’ ( in context of serpent) as found in Wormiston and Wormit on Tay. There are two Ormistons in in Roxburghshire, two in Lothian and an Ormistoun near Peebles.

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