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Gullane

Low Tide At Gullane, P W Adam

Low Tide At Gullane, P W Adam

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Historic OS map references: Gullane

Gullane is situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. The name of the village was written several ways (Golan, Gullan, and Golyn), which is taken to reflect changes in pronunciation over time; the earliest example being noted in 1176 as that of Golyn.

It is well known for its golf courses, five in all with Muirfield being the most famous. In 1891 that The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers first opened what was to become the Muirfield Golf Course which would hold the Open Championship on a number of occasions, which successfully returned in 2013.

Horse racing was also a popular local sport on what was called the Hundred Acres Park, owned by Rt. Hon. Nisbet Hamilton.

At one point, Gullane was famous for its stables and training race horses. It has been described as the ‘Newmarket of the North’. Most notably the Dawson brothers, Thomas, Mathew, Joseph and John, were part of the most successful training family in British racing. The brothers were four of 17 children of racehorse trainer George Dawson and were brought up around their father’s training stables at Stamford Hall in Gullane.

 

 

 

One Response to Gullane

  1. William Bates says:

    I have recently discovered that George Dawson was my Great Grandfather x4

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