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Bolton Parish Hearse

Bolton Parish

Bolton Parish Hearse
Bolton Parish Hearse

Bolton is the third smallest Parish in East Lothian. It is an overwhelmingly rural Parish consisting of the hamlet of Bolton and several large farms.

It is perhaps most famous for being the resting place of Robert Burns’ mother and brother Gilbert who are buried at Bolton Parish Church. The Church is now paired with Yester and Saltoun. One of its most famous relics is the Bolton Hearse built in 1783 and believed to be one of the oldest raod vehicles in Scotland. The hearse is on permanent loan to National Museum of Scotland.

Bolton did once have its own school, opened in 1913 and closed in 1967 with children travelling to Haddington or Yester.

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