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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian

Welcome to the Fourth Statistical Account online

To mark the 50th anniversary of East Lothian's Third Statistical Account, the 200th anniversary of the first Account and the new millennium, the East Lothian Fourth Statistical Account Society has published the Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian. The society is a consortium of eleven local history societies in East Lothian, led by the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society. The project received a grant of £30,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The County Volume was published in July 2003. It consists of more than 35 contributions from experts, academics and practitioners in different fields, together with photographs illustrating East Lothian life over the past fifty years. The papers range in length from 500 words to 3,000 words.

The Parish Volumes were published during 2004 - 2007. Volunteers have worked in each of the 26 parishes under a local co-ordinator to complete the parish returns. Our editor Sonia Baker, like John Sinclair before her, produced a detailed questionnaire for the co-ordinators to work to. Parishes were grouped together on an area basis.

The first parish volume was published in the Spring of 2004.

An additional volume Growing up in East Lothian 1945-2000 records the childhood memories of local inhabitants from all walks of life.

The project has generated far more material than can be included in the published volumes. This digital version contains unedited versions of the county essays and parish contributions, together with some of the source material such as interviews and oral recordings collected by the researchers.

Some maps, charts and photographs reproduced in the printed volumes have not been included in the online version for copyright reasons. Where such material is referred to in the text, please refer to the printed volumes in order to access it.

All the archive material is deposited with East Lothian Council's Local History Centre in Haddington.

All the project's publications were published in partnership with East Lothian Council Library Service and are on sale through local bookshops and libraries.

Foreword by Prof. Rosalind Mitchison.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

© 2011 Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian Society


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