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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian

Growing Up in East Lothian - Reminiscences from across the county

This section relates the experiences of 32 very different individuals who spent their childhood and youth in various parts of East Lothian. That so many made the effort to write their reminiscences is largely due to the persistence of Stephen Bunyan, Chairman of the East Lothian Statistical Account Society, and to his wide network of contacts maintained over many years. Some contributors grew up in the nineteen forties and fifties, others in the sixties, seventies and eighties, so their experiences are splendidly diverse.

Some contributors have remained in the county during their lifetime, others have travelled further afield over the years but returned to East Lothian to live, while some are living elsewhere. Their reminiscences, when read in conjunction with the parish accounts, provide a vivid impression of life in East Lothian between 1945 and 2000.

What unites these people is their love of the county and the joy, warmth and affection they communicate in their memories of growing up here. Welcome to their world, a world that, despite the passage of time, still lingers on in this lovely county.

Sonia Baker, Editor

Further reading

  • Baker, Sonia, (2009), The Country Houses, Castles and Mansions of East Lothian, Stenlake Publishing Ltd., ISBN 978 1 840334 57 9.
  • Baker, Sonia (ed), East Lothian Fourth Statistical Account, 1945-2000, East Lothian Council Library Services:
    • Vol 1: The County, (2003),ISBN1 897857 34 9.
    • Vol 2: The Parishes of Garvald, Haddington, Morham, Prestonkirk, Whittingehame, Yester, (2004), ISBN 1 897857 30 6. 
    •  Vol 3: The Parishes of Bolton, Gladsmuir (with Longniddry), Humbie, Ormiston,   
    •  Pencaitland, Saltoun, (2005), ISBN 1 897857 31 4.
    • Vol 4: The Parishes of Aberlady, Athelstaneford, Dirleton (with Gullane), North Berwick,Whitekirk & Tyninghame, (2006), ISBN 1 897857 32 2.
    • Vol 5: The Parishes of Inveresk (with Musselburgh), Prestonpans, Tranent (with Cockenzie & Port Seton),(2007),ISBN 9781 897857 35 9.
    • Vol 6: The Parishes of Dunbar, Innerwick, Oldhamstocks, Spott and Stenton, (2008), ISBN 978 1 897857 36 6.
    • East Lothian Council Library Service/Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, (2002), Tell Us a Story: stories & memories from the John Bellany Day Centre, Port Seton & Cockenzie Primary School, University of Edinburgh, ISBN 1 897857 27 6.
  • Fletcher, Victoria, (2000), The Children of Yester, D. & J. Croal Ltd., Haddington.
  • Harris, Paul, (1989), Life in a Scottish Country House: the story of A.J. Balfour and Whittingehame House, Whittingehame House Publishing, ISBN 0951498509.
  • Ingle, Ted, (2001), Poacher’s Pie, Edward Ingle - India Inc., ISBN 095418 290 1.
  • Kerr, Peter, (2002), Thistle Soup Summersdale Travel.
  • Robinson, Beryl (ed), (2001), Comingsand goings: reminiscences of residents of the villages of Gullane and Dirleton and their hinterland, 1914-53, Gullane and Dirleton History Society.
  • Robinson, Beryl (1999) A Living from the Land: the reminiscences of Tom Porteous – East Lothian ploughboy, forester and ‘handyman’, Gullane and District History Society, ISBN 1840242655
  • Todd, Mary and Maslowski, Margaret, (2008),From Tinies to Teens: growing up in Gifford, D & J. Croal Ltd., Haddington.


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