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Women and Work in East Lothian

29/03/201710:37 am04/04/2017 11:03 amLeave a Comment

Posted by Ruth on behalf of Jacqueline Lynch.   March 2017 celebrates International Women’s Month and the following is a sample of some of the notable work undertaken by East Lothian women through the ages. Farming and Fishing When researching  the working lives of women in East Lothian we must turn our attention first to a […]


02/10/20153:02 pmLeave a Comment

Pencaitland derives from Old Brythonic “Head of the Woodland” and so is one of the older placenames and inhabited places in East Lothian. The parish later contained several substantial feudal estates, centred on what became mansions: Fountainhall House (Penkaet Castle) was originally built by the Pringles in the late 16th century with extensions to the house being […]

Cockenzie Power Station

22/09/201511:52 am25/09/2015 1:17 pmLeave a Comment

Cockenzie has a rich history having been founded upon salt pans, fishing and coal mines. The demolition of the power station will now  join Cockenzie’s colourful past that is held in our extensive archives.At the John Gray Centre, we are marking the historic day of demolition (26th September) by curating a small exhibition of photographs and […]

A brief history of emigration & immigration in Scotland: research guide 2

07/05/20146:29 pm13/10/2015 5:06 pmLeave a Comment

Download a pdf of this guide. Emigration & Scottish society Poverty has always been noted as the main reason for Scottish emigration. Two-thirds of the land is harsh – rocky, ill-drained, swept by rain-bearing winds off the Atlantic and far from the Mediterranean and medieval centres of European trade and culture. The first Scottish communities […]

Peter McNeill (1839–1929)

02/11/201211:41 am17/02/2015 3:31 pmLeave a Comment

 Peter McNeill was born on the 16th March 1839 in Tranent, the son of a woman who worked at the pits until it was made illegal in 1848, and the great grandson of one of the last coalminers to be bound as a serf to his pit and master. McNeill went to school at the age […]


20/10/20119:14 am17/12/2019 10:03 amLeave a Comment

HER map link Historic OS map references Created in 1692, Gladsmuir parish originally stretched to the Firth of Forth – about 10 square miles. It contained the villages of Gladsmuir, Longniddry, Macmerry, Elvingston and Samuelston. Originally called ‘Gledsmuir’, its name meant ‘the moor of the kite or hawk’. It had limestone and coal deposits, and […]

Industry & Social Change (1800–Present)

19/09/201110:40 am06/07/2012 1:18 pmLeave a Comment

East Lothian is not only agriculturally rich, but has an abundance of mineral wealth too. Mining has a long history in East Lothian, whether for coal or lime, while the coastal salt pans supported the fishing industry. Cloth mills and engineering have also long been an important part of East Lothian’s economy, while brewing and […]

Local History Books (A) [26 of 122]

· Author: East Lothian Archive Service

Author / Title | Shelf Mark | Type | Location | Keywords
Chorlton, Martyn. - Scottish airfields in the Second World War . - v. 2 : Fife . - Berks : Countrys, 2009 | A35.9 | Local Reference | Local ...

Local History Books (A) [27 of 122]

· Author: East Lothian Archive Service

Author / Title | Shelf Mark | Type | Location | Keywords
Tonks, David. - My ancestor was a coalminer / by David Tonks . - London : Society, 2003 | A36.2 | Local Reference | Local History/John Gra...


Identifier: 1995.960 · Date: 1900 · Author: East Lothian Council Museums Service

small brass lamp with a pewter spout, clean wick, flip-top lid, pierced; welded handle and hook terminating in spike, solder all round the joints. Spout has a protruding textile wick.

Tallow lamps...

Kaim Plantation / Todhills

Identifier: MEL9063 · Date: Field Boundary · Author: MidLothian Council HER

Colliery remains

Courier 17 10 1873

· Date: 1873 · Author: East Lothian Local History Service


Dalkeith Colliery

Identifier: MEL5007 · Date: Colliery · Author: East Lothian Council HER

Colliery, 1903-1978

Whitehill Colliery

Identifier: MEL5013 · Date: Mine · Author: MidLothian Council HER

Colliery, 1850 - 1962

Courier 17 01 1873

· Date: 1873 · Author: East Lothian Local History Service


Prestongrange Colliery, Pumping Engine / Prestongrange Colliery, Beam Engine House

Identifier: MEL112 · Date: Beam Engine · Author: East Lothian Council HER

Beam engine and engine house, 19th century

Tranent, Cockenzie Waggonway

Identifier: MEL589 · Date: Wagonway · Author: East Lothian Council HER

The Cockenzie Waggonway, from 1722 to 1815