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'The Young Mussel-Gatherers', by William Marshall Brown

‘The Young Mussel-Gatherers’, by William Marshall Brown

East Lothian has always been rich in natural resources. For thousands of years people have relied on the harvests from the land and sea to sustain and support them. In more recent times, we’ve also found wealth under the ground, with mining becoming a major industry in 19th and 20th centuries.

In the exhibition at the John Gray Centre you can explore the history of East Lothian’s people through their work and lives, farming, fishing, mining and trading.

We will gradually write up more about how the people of East Lothian have lived and worked over the years, starting with our first short article, about the Friendly Societies.

If you would like to suggest a topic to write about here, simply leave a comment below. Or if you’d like to contribute a short article, or a story from your family, town or business, email us or go to Your Stories.

One thought on “Economy”

  1. Laurie Pettitt says:

    Salt production was very important. Prestonpans is named after the salt pans in which salt water was boiled to produce salt.
    Lime production from the burning of Limestone was popular and the Cement Works at Dunbar continues that long tradition.
    Many newspapers recently put banner headlines on paragraphs about Scots indentured to work in the Salt Pans at South Shields after the Battle of Dunbar. Just as the Scots from the Battle of Dunbar who could weave better than their English counterparts, so also were Scots better at Salt production than the English

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