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House & home

'Bailie Balcraftie House', once the oldest building in North Berwick burgh, by Ian GreigScotland’s oldest house was found in 2002, near Dunbar in East Lothian. Ever since those early times 10,000 years ago, people have been coming to settle here, and the county has been home to castle-dwellers, fortress builders and nobility with grand estates, all leaving their mark on the landscape.

Humbler homes too have sprouted up, forming villages (some planned, like Ormiston, to provide labour and income for the local lord, others organically grown around good farmland or fish-rich coastal areas) and towns.

Here we will add stories about some of these historic homes, and how people lived their day-to-day lives, what they wore, what they read, what their regular routine around house and home was like.

Visit our exhibition at the John Gray Centre to find out more, and see our Places pages for more about towns and villages, which we will be adding to over time.

Do leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for this part of the website, or write about a historic house you know well at Your Stories. Or email us if you’d like to find out more about contributing an article.

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