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"SALTON, a parish, containing the post-office station of Salton, and the vilages of East Salton and West Salton, in the western division of Haddingtonshire. It is bounded by Pencaitland, Gladsmuir, Haddington, Bolton, Humbie, and Ormiston ... Salton is noted for having been the first place in Scotland in which pot-barley was manufactured, the first in Britain in which the weaving of hollands was established, the first in which a bleachfield of the British Linen company was formed, and one of the earliest in which a paper-mill and a starch-work were set up. It is associated also with the invention and improvement of some agricultural machines ... Population of the parish in 1831, 786; in 1861, 712."A lengthier description is available.
from the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.
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The Scottish Genealogy Society
has a list of all gravestones in East Saltoun churchyard up to a recent
date. This listing is unpublished and may be viewed at the society's library
In his entry for the Statistical Account of Scotland (compiled 1790s, see the Statistics section of the East Lothian page for more details) the Rev. Andrew Johnston made the following comment about deficiencies in the registration of births and deaths in the parish of Saltoun in the late 18th century:
"The registers of births and burials (from whence the above average is taken) are very inaccurate and incomplete."
Extracts for this parish from the 1868 National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland are available.Nearby places can be identified from the GENUKI Gazetteer.
For a social and economic record of the parishes of East Lothian together with considerable statistical material, see Sir John Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland, which was compiled in the 1790s. 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.
Thanks to a joint venture between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh the First and Second Statistical Accounts can now be accessed on-line at The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1799 and 1845.