Saving Dunbar's History

We have set up this website to give a comprehensive view of the history that lay in Dunbar. Although much of the history has already been destroyed we wish to try and conserve what we do have left. We aim to do this by making people aware of how much history has already been destroyed and allow people to see for themselves just how much history Dunbar has and lost. Hopefully people will recognise what a treasure chest Dunbar really is and will want to help us stop any more destruction to our history.

FROM MESOLITHIC TO MODERN TIMES

TEN MILLENNIA OF DUNBAR'S HISTORY

STARTING WITH SCOTLAND'S OLDEST HOUSE

INCLUDING BROXMOUTH HILL FORT AND IRON AGE LOCHEND

ALSO MONTHLY QUIZZES - Link here for the archive and here for the latest quiz

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Recent Updates:
   24/11/19:   Belhaven Bikes added to our sponsors page (link) and Girls Training Corps page added (link).
   26/11/19:   West Barns Maltings now has its own page (link).
   11/12/19:    High St and Parks/Walks postcard sections added to Gail's postcards page (link).
   13/12/19:   December '19 quiz and November '19 answers published.
   22/12/19:   The Local Nicknames page has been tidied up, spellings corrected and omissions added (link).
   10/01/20:   A contents list has been added and a tidy up carried out to our History1 page (link).
   11/01/20:   A contents list has been added and a small tidy up carried out to our History2 page (link).
   13/01/20:   January '20 quiz and December '19 answers published.
   13/02/20:   February '20 quiz and January '20 answers published.
   03/03/20:   Small amendment to Photo6.
   13/03/20:   March '20 quiz and February '20 answers published.
   21/03/20:   Lothian Printers added to our sponsors page.
   21/03/20:   Photo7 - Caroline McIntyre page added. Some early views of Dunbar (link).
   27/03/20:   Photo6 - Stark page, Stark family tree added (link).
   13/04/20:   April '20 quiz and March '20 answers published.
   12/05/20:   Sister Violet Fraser page added (link).
   13/05/20:   May '20 quiz and April '20 answers published.
   13/06/20:   June '20 quiz and May '20 answers published.
   13/07/20:   July '20 quiz and June '20 answers published.
   13/08/20:   August '20 quiz and July '20 answers published.
   27/08/20:   Clarence Plant added to Artists of Dunbar page.
   13/09/20:   September '20 quiz and August '20 answers published.
   14/09/20:   Parish Church crypt, East Barns farm & school and Louis Allen's Emporium given their own pages.
   06/10/20:   C. M. Mitchell's Miller family tree added to her page.
   13/10/20:   October '20 quiz and September '20 answers published.
   05/11/20:   A Dunbar Grammar School magazines page has been published starting with 1957 - a work in progress.
   13/11/20:   November '20 quiz and October '20 answers published.
   24/11/20:   Dunbar Grammar School 1950 magazine has been published.
121 quizzes and still going.

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This is how Lochend House once looked in its day of splendour. The house is situated at Lochend Woods. From a painting, pinxit 1871 (from memory), by the present Third Baron Bruntisfield's great-great-aunt, Julia Jane Jemima Maitland Warrender.
(T.T. Bisset courtesy of Rob)
This picture shows what became of Lochend House after the great fire.
Photograph by T.T. Bisset. A friend and Tom's brother John are the 2 gentlemen on the slope of the prominence. (1898)
This is all that remains of that once splendid house at Lochend. Through a little care and attention this building could have remained as beautiful as it once stood. This is just one example of how a part of Dunbar's history has been neglected. Hopefully, by this example, you can see for yourselves that Dunbar's history is being waylaid.

Lord John Sanger's Touring Summer Circus 1905

Craigs' of Craig-En-Gelt omnibus outing 1917 (Contemporised by J.A Callow)
(C. Ballantyne, babe-in-arms back row)

The above couple are brother and sister, Willie (1862-16/04/1956) and Helen (1861-1932) McNie,

 pictured at Raeburn's/Harley's Close, 137 High Street c1895. Willie was a watchmaker.

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