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Volume Two Published
East Lothian 1945 - 2000 Fourth Statistical Volume Two: The Parishes of Garvald, Haddington, Morham, Prestonkirk, Whittingehame, Yester, edited by Sonia Baker, has now been published. Copies are available at local bookshops and from libraries throughout East Lothian. Contact East Lothian Library Service to find out more, or download an order form (PDF format).
Volume Two deals in depth with six East Lothian parishes, their villages and towns and the daily lives of their inhabitants.
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Launch of the County Volume
East Lothian 1945 - 2000 Fourth Statistical Account Volume One: The County, edited by Sonia Baker, was launched at the Corn Exhange Haddington on Thursday July 24 2003. Copies are available at local bookshops and from libraries throughout East Lothian. Contact East Lothian Library Service to find out more.
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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian is published by the East Lothian Fourth Statistical Account Society. 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 was conceived to mark the 50th anniversary of East Lothian's Third Statistical Account, the 200th anniversary of the first Account and the new millennium, and received a grant of £30,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
You can find out more about the first two statistical accounts and see the survey material for the whole of Scotland at EDINA.
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. Extracts from most of the essays are included on this web-site.
The Parish Volumes will be published during 2004 - 2005. 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. In the published volumes, which will be generously illustrated, 20,000 words will be devoted to the more populous parishes, and around 6,000 words to the rural ones. Parishes will be grouped together on an area basis.
There will be a total of five parish volumes:
- Haddington and District: Haddington, Morham, Garvald, Prestonkirk, Yester, Whittingehame
- The parishes of Gladsmuir (with Longniddry), Pencaitland, Ormiston, Saltoun, Humbie, Bolton
- North Berwick and District: North Berwick, Dirleton (with Gullane), Athelstaneford, Aberlady, Whitekirk & Tyninghame
- The West Sector: Inveresk (with Musselburgh), Prestonpans, Tranent, Cockenzie & Port Seton
- Dunbar and District: Dunbar, Oldhamstocks, Innerwick, Spott, Stenton
The first parish volume was published in the Summer of 2004.
An additional volume Growing up in East Lothian 1945-2000 will record 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. A CD Rom will contain more extensive 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.
All the archive material will be deposited with East Lothian Council's Local History Centre in Haddington.
All the project's publications are being published in partnership with East Lothian Council Library Service and will be on sale through local bookshops and libraries.
Foreword by Prof. Rosalind Mitchison
© 2004 Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian Society