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The following lengthy quotation about the parish of Innerwick comes from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by Francis Groome, published in London, 1903.

Innerwick, a village and a coast parish of E Haddingtonshire. The village stands 300 feet above sea-level, at the base of a steep cultivated hill, 1½ mile W by S of Innerwick station on the North British railway, this: being 4 miles ESE of Dunbar; it has a post office.

The parish, containing also the small harbour of' Skateraw, is bounded NW by Dunbar, NE by the German Ocean, SE by Oldhamstocks, S by Longformacus in Berwickshire, and W by Spott and Dunbar. Irregular in outline, it has an utmost length from NNE. to SSW of 10 miles, a varying breadth of 1¼ and 3¾ miles, and an area of 13,424¼ acres, of which 267 are foreshore. The coast, measured along its indentations, has a length of 2¼ miles, and it presents a tamely rugged and rocky appearance. An upland watershed, bisects the parish nearly through the middle; and sends off Thornton Burn and other streamlets east-north -eastward to the German Ocean, and Monynut Water and, other streamlets south-south-eastward into Berwickshire towards the Whitadder. About two-thirds of the entire surface, comprising a portion ENE of the watershed, and all the sections from the watershed to the southern boundary, are parts of the Lammermuir Hills, and present an upland, bleak, and desolate appearance; the loftier summits here from N to S being BLACKCASTLE Hill (917 feet), Cocklaw Hill (1046), Bransby Hill (1300), and Peat Law (1209). A series of ravines, intersecting the east- north-eastern declivities of the hills, exhibits pleasing features of verdure and wood, and overlooks charming prospects towards the ocean, whilst a luxuriant and very fertile plain lies all between the foot of these ravines and the shore, and is embellished in three places with plantation. The rocks are principally Silurian and Devonian, but partly carboniferous; and they include abundance of sandstone and limestone, with some ironstone, bituminous shale, and thin seams of coal. About four-ninths of the land are regularly or occasionally in tillage; plantations cover some 350 acres; and the rest is either pastoral or waste. Innerwick Castle, now a ruin, on a steep eminence overhanging a rocky glen, 1 mile E of Innerwick village, from the Stewarts passed to the Hamiltons, and was captured and demolished in 1548 by the Duke of Somerset during his invasion of Scotland. Thornton Castle, crowning an eminence on the other side of the glen, opposite Innerwick Castle, was a stronghold of Lord Home, and sutfered the same fate from the same hands as Innerwick Castle, like which it is now a ruin. A bridge called Edinkens, that stood a little S of these two castles, has been associated variously with the names of King Edwin of Northumbria and King Edward of England, and now is represented by slight remains. Four ancient standing stones formerly stood near that bridge; two stone coffins, containing a dagger and a ring, were found in a field near Dryburn Bridge; and a place called Corsekill Park, near Innerwick village, is alleged to have been the scene of an encounter between Cospatrick and Sir William Wallace. An ancient chapel, dedicated to St Dennis stood on the Skateraw shore, but has utterly disappeared. Thurston, noticed separately, is the chief residence. Off Skateraw, in a severe storm in November 1893, a large steamer, the River Garry, from Leith to London, was lost with all hands. Innerwick is in the presbytery of Dunbar and synod of Lothian and Tweeddale; the living is worth £372. The parish church, standing on an eminence in Innerwick village, is a very plain structure of 1784, though interiorly it was thoroughly renovated in 1870. There is also a Free church; and a public school, with accommodation for 126 children, has an average attendance of about 100, and a grant of over £96. Valuation (1883) £11,425,12s., (1893) £10,379, 9s. Pop. (1801) 846. (1831) 987, (1861) 937, (1871) 892, (1881) 777, (1891) 761.


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