Dunbar  East Lothian


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dunbar like this:

Dunbar, royal burgh and seaport town, and par., Haddingtonshire, 29¼ miles E. of Edinburgh by rail and 367 NW. of London -- par., 7497 ac., pop. 5396; royal burgh, pop. 3745; town, pop. (with Belhaven) 1661; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Tues. Dunbar has a bracing air, and is coming into favour as a heath resort. ...

It has valuable herring fisheries. The harbour has been greatly enlarged and improved. Boatbuilding is carried on. On a rock near the harbour stand the ruins of Dunbar Castle (captured by Edward I.), formerly a place of great strength. At the Race of Dunbar, in 1650, Cromwell defeated the Scottish army under Leslie. Dunbar united with Haddington, North Berwick, Jedburgh, and Lauder in returning 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

Dunbar through time

Dunbar is now part of East Lothian district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Lothian has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dunbar itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dunbar in East Lothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th June 2024

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