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    East Lothian Images Online

    22/05/20171:02 pm21/01/2020 10:21 am

    From here you can access thousands of images from across the collection. Perhaps you’re looking for an old school photograph or a street where you lived? Perhaps you want to see if we have an image of an ancestor or a building that no longer exists? Click on a place name to see the pictures we […]

    Johnnie Steele’s East Linton

    04/04/20175:13 pm11/04/2017 1:35 pmLeave a Comment

    Photographs and slides taken by the late Mr Johnnie Steele comprise a variety of images relating to sceneries and life in East Linton. Amongst them are views of East Linton from the late 19th century right up to the late 20th century. There are images of a variety of steam trains, East Linton Scout groups, […]

    The Curling Stone with an H and the formation of East Linton Curling Club

    12/03/20134:40 pm15/10/2014 9:13 amLeave a Comment

    A Personal View Display Case by David Affleck The history of curling in East Lothian is a long one, and still being uncovered. This display, in a Personal View case in the museum at the John Gray Centre, reveals what we know of the story so far. You can hear a description of the display […]


    20/10/20119:17 am11/09/2015 10:51 amLeave a Comment

    We have so many East Lothian stories to tell – and not enough time! We will put up a page about the parish of Prestonkirk, (once known as Prestonhaugh or even just Haugh), so please bear with us. In the meantime – you could help: contact us if you have stories about the parish and its people and […]

    East Linton

    19/09/20111:07 pm17/09/2015 3:55 pmLeave a Comment

    East Linton became a burgh only in 1863 under the terms of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1833 and its emendments and extensions, which allowed the formation of elected representative boards – all that was required was a certain population in a nucleated settlement and a letter of application from ‘responsible people’ appealing for the powers. They […]

    Poor Law Records

    16/07/20199:20 am16/07/2019 10:16 am

    Before the days of Social Security, those in need were required to apply to their local parish for help. Those who were old, ill or were unable to work because of young children asked the parish for relief. This relief came in many forms and could include money, admittance to the poor house, coals or […]

    New displays at the museum

    06/07/20155:07 pmLeave a Comment

    Our permanent exhibition, ‘The Land, the Sea, the People’, features East Lothian’s past – how people lived here and what traces have been left in the landscape. We have displays on fishing, with interactive displays and beautiful oil paintings; farming, with handling objects and a dressing-up box (not just for kids!); a timeline showing East Lothian through […]


    05/02/201512:10 pm14/04/2020 9:54 amLeave a Comment

    HER map Link Placenames and historic OS map references Stenton parish is entirely landlocked and lies partly on the coastal plain but extends deep into the Lammermuirs, in form a bit like a tadpole! The (northern) head, is bounded to the NW by Prestonkirk and the E by Dunbar; the (southern) tail by Whittingehame to the […]

    Dunbar Parish

    23/01/20154:53 pm14/04/2020 9:35 amLeave a Comment

    HER map link Placenames and historic OS map references Dunbar Parish takes its name from the ancient Brythonic settlement of the same name. Dunbar translates as fort/settlement on the height and although it was first written down in the 7th century, archaeology in Castle Park has revealed the remains of habitation stretching back into the […]

    Poor Law: research guide 3

    17/06/20142:29 pm13/10/2015 5:06 pmLeave a Comment

    Download a pdf of this guide Poor relief in East Lothian has featured in an exhibition at the John Gray Centre, and you can see related images and information here. Poor Law in Scotland before 1845 Parliamentary legislation concerning the poor dates back to the 15th century. Early statutes were mostly for the suppression of […]