Please note: due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the Centre is currently closed, but our website is still open for business.

Search Results for: Spott East Lothian - Page 1 of 38

    Airships over the Bass, Torpedoes in Belhaven Bay

    13/03/201510:22 am23/10/2015 2:05 pmLeave a Comment

    The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was formed under Army command during 1912 from the army’s ballooning and engineering aviation units. Its initial strength was 12 balloons and 36 areoplanes. In August 1914 it was able to send a force of 60 areoplanes to France, despite losing control of naval aviation to the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), which […]

    Battlefields of East Lothian (AD 800–1745)

    17/09/20117:45 pm16/07/2013 9:51 amLeave a Comment

    East Lothian is home to some of the most important battle sites in Scotland, from the 9th century to the 18th. The Battle of Athelstaneford (832 AD) The Battle of Dunbar I, Spott (1296) The Battle of Pinkie (1547 AD): a battle memorial stone is located at the eastern end of Crookston Road, along from Inveresk Lodge, […]

    Black Sunday: Canons, Cavalries and Catastrophe

    03/09/201311:51 am13/01/2015 12:26 pmLeave a Comment

    Next week marks the 466th anniversary of the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, a fierce battle between Scottish and English troops which took place on 10th September 1547 on East Lothian soil.  It is believed that over 40,000 men were involved in the bloody fighting which claimed many Scottish lives over the areas of Musselburgh, Inveresk, […]

    Brick and Tile making in East Lothian

    07/11/20142:52 pm08/01/2015 8:51 amLeave a Comment

    With an abundance of easily worked stone, East Lothian came late to the mass production of bricks and tiles. Of course, some had always been made on a small scale but as the agricultural revolution took hold the county’s abundant deposits of clay were exploited for drainage tiles (pipes) and roofing pantiles. Drainage was essential […]

    Days Out in the Past – Dunbar

    28/08/20193:23 pmLeave a Comment

    For the good people of Dunbar, 3 September 1650 must have seemed as if the end of days had arrived. It was a wild stormy night of howling wind and rain, and then in the early hours of the morning came the crash and thunder of battle, as Oliver Cromwell’s army of Parliament fought a […]


    20/12/20131:32 pm17/09/2015 9:50 amLeave a Comment

    HER map link Historic OS map references: Dunbar The former Royal Burgh of Dunbar has a rich and varied history. It is one of Scotland’s oldest places – we can deduce that the name was probably in use before the Romans ventured this far up the island of Britain! Its history is interwoven with many […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    East Lothian’s Criminal Past

    05/01/20121:29 pm17/06/2014 1:37 pmLeave a Comment

    The lush green hills and pretty towns of East Lothian hide a dark past. Delve into our collections to read about James Watherstone’s escape from Musselburgh Tollbooth or John Kello, minister at Spott, who murdered his wife and then calmly went to preach his sermon. Hear the stories of Half-Hangit Maggie, a fishwife from Musselburgh […]

    Education in East Lothian – origins

    09/10/201512:37 pm09/10/2015 1:24 pmLeave a Comment

    When we look at education in East Lothian today, with a range of primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions spread over the county, we are looking at the result of a millennium of progress. Very little research has been done on the origins of our schools but we have good holdings in the archives from the […]