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William Gemmill

24/01/201812:33 pm26/01/2018 1:53 pm

William Gemmill, former President of Gladsmuir Curling Club, played a significant role in the preparations for the first tour of Scottish Curlers to Canada in 1902/03. He was Vice President of the Royal Caledonian Curling and chaired the committee appointed to select the players to go to Canada in 1902-03 for this new tour. He […]

Robert Moffat DD (1795 – 1883)

14/08/201511:26 am10/07/2018 10:19 amLeave a Comment

Robert Moffat was born at Ormiston on 21 December 1795 to Robert and Ann Gardener. His mother’s family had been gardeners by profession in the locality for some generations. Robert’s father’s origins are less clear but he was soon to take up with the custom-service, relocating the family to Portsoy when Robert was two. They moved again to Carronshore, […]

Family History Day (29 August)

24/06/20151:10 pm31/07/2015 11:35 amLeave a Comment

Who are we? And where did we come from? Join us on Family History Day, Saturday, 29 August, and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions! Launching this year’s Archaeology & Local History Fortnight (ELAF), our theme this year is all about how place, population and family […]

Haddington Trees

04/06/201511:16 am11/09/2015 10:13 amLeave a Comment

Haddington remains a ‘green’ town with open spaces and gardens well planted with a great number and variety of trees. A good proportion of the older examples were planted to commemorate people, institutions and events and many of these occasions were marked by considerable pomp and ceremony. Their presence reminds us that East Lothian’s heritage is […]

A Curling Welter Weight

29/05/20153:43 pmLeave a Comment

The following has been written by David Affleck who has written about Whittinghame and the Jameson and whose research led Jodi to the John Gray Centre On Tuesday 5th May, Jodi Jameson from Ohio USA visited the JG centre during her first trip to the UK.  She is a descendent of a William Jameson, the […]

Somnerfield Works, Haddington – Implement Makers and Engineers

21/05/20153:47 pm21/05/2015 3:52 pmLeave a Comment

Pete Webb has researched the origin and development of an engineering company with works adjacent to Haddington’s railway station. The area that became Haddington Railway Yard was open fields on the 1819 John Wood map and belonged to Richard Summers, Esq. It was still open fields in 1832 but it is quite possible that something […]

Congratulations John Muir’s Birthplace

16/04/201511:56 amLeave a Comment

Our colleagues at John Muir’s Birthplace (our other 5 star visitor attraction, in Dunbar) have been busy bees. Last April saw the launch of the John Muir Way, a new long distance walking route running from Dunbar to Helensburgh on the west coast (the Muir family emigrated from Dunbar via the Clyde in 1849). The […]

Treasures in the Local History Centre

23/02/201510:48 am12/06/2018 1:11 pmLeave a Comment

The Local History Centre is your first stop for local research, whether it’s to discover more about local families (with records and registers dating back beyond the 1600s) or to find out more about a town, village or area of the county (with a wealth of maps, plans and photographs). Here you can read up on […]

Dunbar Sea Fish Hatchery

23/01/20159:22 amLeave a Comment

The expansion of the fishing industry in the North Sea during the 19th century was driven by both improvements in technology and by ever more boats. By the end of the century the Fishery Board for Scotland began a research programme to replenish food fish stocks in the North Sea. The need to replenish the […]

East Lothian Distilleries, a list

04/12/201412:23 pm17/11/2015 4:43 pmLeave a Comment

East Lothian distilleries (former and current) were widespread. This list has been compiled from map, census and reference material held in the Local History Collection at the John Gray Centre. Dates and names are given, but these must be treated as indicative only: other sources in the collections may fix details. Nine distinct sites are certain […]