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East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight

25/07/201611:16 amLeave a Comment

September 3 – 19 The annual Archaeology and Local History Fortnight will be back again in September, and this year’s programme is packed with events all about the heritage of East Lothian. Taking place from September 3rd to 19th, there will be events throughout the County.  The Fortnight is organised by East Lothian Council’s Archaeology […]

Racecourses in East Lothian

03/08/20152:58 pm04/08/2015 2:59 pmLeave a Comment

Today in East Lothian ‘the sport of kings’ is solely held in Musselburgh, but in the past racing was observed at racecourses in Gullane and West Barns. Gullane being the most prestigious for training, stables and races  gained fame for being the very best and was described by equine enthusiasts as the ‘Newmarket of the […]

Smuggling in East Lothian

17/07/201511:56 am17/07/2015 2:10 pmLeave a Comment

Smuggling between Prestonpans and Berwick upon Tweed was at its height in the early 1800’s. Increased taxes covering the expense of the Napoleonic War had communities pursuing novel ways to “cheat the King” from his excise duty. Tea, Brandy and Gin were the principle goods smuggled at this time. His Majesty’s Revenue officers also known […]

List of Brick and Tile Works in East Lothian

20/11/20144:02 pm08/01/2015 8:53 amLeave a Comment

A scan of historic maps and census data has revealed that brick and, especially, tile works were widespread in the East Lothian countryside. There follows a list of sites, some of which are better documented that others and some of which can be placed only tentatively. Yet others will have been missed off as they […]

East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight

14/07/201410:33 am09/06/2015 10:57 amLeave a Comment

This year’s East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight will take place from August 30th to September 15th.  This annual heritage showcase includes talks, guided tours, events and excavations taking place throughout the county, and it brings to life East Lothian’s fascinating history and archaeology. The Fortnight kicks off with Family History Day at the […]

Travels in Midlothian

18/06/201410:49 am18/06/2014 3:15 pmLeave a Comment

The Archaeology Service has been out and about in Midlothian recently, assessing sites as part of the Local Plan. We also cover planning applications in Midlothian and you can find archaeology in Midlothian on the HER. We took the opportunity to visit some of the sites on the HER while we were out – so if you […]

Getting down and dirty in Dirleton – part 1

26/09/20132:40 pm08/10/2013 9:39 amLeave a Comment

One of the comments that we always get in the Archaeology Service is ‘oh..that must be a really fun job being outside and finding lots of interesting things’ Leaving aside the fact that collectively between us we regularly use up all the supplies of deep heat for East Lothian due to various aches and pains […]

Tennis in East Lothian

20/07/201312:24 pmLeave a Comment

My name is Helene, I am French and I come from Aubigny/Nere which is the twin town of Haddington. I am staying in East Lothian for one month and I had the chance to work at the new library in Haddington’s John Gray Centre, and also upstairs in the Archives and Local History Centre. The […]

The East Lothian Golfers

11/07/20132:37 pmLeave a Comment

As 19th century golfing developed a wider competitive edge, East Lothian players were at the forefront. Interestingly, the luminaries of this new golf came not from the ranks of the gentleman players who had established the clubs and often owned the links but from the ranks of the caddies and artisans associated with the sport. The […]

East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight

24/08/201211:30 am24/08/2012 11:34 amLeave a Comment

September 1st -16th  2012 Once again the Archaeology Service is gearing up for the Annual East Lothian Archaeology and Local History fortnight which is part of Scottish Archaeology Month.  Every year we start to get organised in January for it, but it always ends up as a mad rush to get things done in August […]