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East Lothian (or Haddingtonshire as it was formerly known) is a county in the south-east of Scotland, bounded on the west by Midlothian, on the north and east by the Firth of Forth and the North Sea, and on the south by Berwickshire. In the southern part of the county are the Lammermuir hills, in the north the land is generally flat and fertile. Traditional industries in the area are farming, fishing and coal-mining. The county town is Haddington; other towns in the county include Dunbar and North Berwick.There is also a map showing the relative position of the county.
Copyright Vivienne S Dunstan, 1997
There are also maps showing the relative positions of the parishes, and a more detailed map of "Haddingtonshire" in the 19th Century.
|Archives and libraries
Description and Travel
Land and Property
Law and Legislation
Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
by Charles Green
Published Edinburgh, 1907 (385 pages)
"Reminiscences and Notices of the Fourteen Parishes of the County
by John Martine
ISBN 1 897857 19 5
Published East Lothian 1999.
A Millennium of Fame of East Lothian
by David Dick
Biographies of 200 famous people from East Lothian over 1000 years
A number of publications
are available from East Lothian libraries.
In addition to these lists, the Scottish Genealogy Society holds a number of East Lothian inscription lists in its library collection in Edinburgh.
For a descriptive account of East Lothian cemeteries see Islay M. Donaldson's
East Lothian Graveyards published in the Transactions of the
East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists' Society, 21st volume (1991),
pp.9-31. The article includes a number of photographs and sketches of gravestones
and also has a substantial bibliography pointing to other articles on
Details of the Monumental Inscriptions and similar records available within the collection of the National Library of Scotland are available here.
The Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) have collated a list of all burial grounds in Scotland. This can be searched by name, parish, and county. Details include location, available records, etc.
Stephen Bunyan's The Episcopal Tradition in East Lothian gives
a descriptive account of the Episcopal ministers and churches in Haddington
since 1560. This article was published in the Transactions of the East
Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists' Society, 21st volume (1991),
pp.53-62. Several surviving Episcopal church records, including those of
the church at Haddington, are held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The history of the Presbyterian churches is complex, with many buildings, and congregations, taking part in mergers and seperations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This chart attempts to show the major mergers and separations, which may impact on which church records you require to seek out.
The Kirk Session records of a parish can be useful source material and are often overlooked by researchers. The Kirk Session consists of the minister of the parish together with the elders of the congregation. Its role is largely to look after the general wellbeing of the congregation and, particularly in centuries past, parochial discipline. Most Kirk Session records are held in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh and can be fascinating reading.
See also under Tynninghame
D. Croal's Sketches of East Lothian is available on microfilm
through LDS family history centres
worldwide. This is a reproduction of the original 216-page book published
in Haddington in 1875.
A group of East Lothian History societies has produced the Fourth Statistical Account for the county. This covers a wide range of topics, at county and parish level.
Extracts for this county from the 1868 National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland are available.You may find it worthwhile searching in the GENUKI gazetteer.
There is also a surnames list for the county. If you are researching any surnames in East Lothian, please consider submitting details to this list.
East Lothian researchers may be interested in the East Lothian GenWeb Page .
Huge numbers of historical deeds for this county are in the National Archives of Scotland
The NLS provides access to the Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition maps, published around 1898 - 1904 (ie, after the 1891 Boundary Commission changes), this is particularly useful, as the parishes of Haddingtonshire are colour coded.
Follow-up works to this were the New Statistical Account (also known as the Second Statistical Account) which was prepared in the 1830s and 1840s; and more recently the Third Statistical Account which has been prepared since the Second World War.
The first and second Statistical Accounts are now available online. These can be accessed by parish for example. The pages take the form of a scanned GIF image.
See also the Population section above.