Person NameRoyal Burgh of Haddington; c1130-1975
ActivityHaddington is mentioned as a burgh in David I's charter to Dunfermline Abbey in 1130. In 1178 William the Lion inherited it as a royal desmene and Alexander II was born there in 1198. In 1216 it was burnt by King John of England and burnt again in 1244 and 1356. In 1548 the English seized Haddington, fortified it and left a garrison under Sir James Wallford to defend it. The Scots laid siege to the town but the outbreak of plague forced the English to abandon it and they escaped south under the protection of reinforcements. In 1598 Haddington was again burnt by accident. John Knox was born in Haddington.
In 1880 the royal burgh was extended to include the parliamentary burgh.
Haddington was governed in the 19th century by a provost, 3 baillies, a dean of guild, a treasurer and 12 councillors who were also the police commissioners.A town, until 1975 in the county of East Lothian and a royal burgh until 1975. A police burgh from 1858. A small burgh from 1930 until 1975.
County town of East Lothian, lying on the left bank of the River Tyne. National Grid Reference NT5173
The royal burgh was dissolved under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
Haddington united with Dunbar, Jedburgh, Lauder and North Berwick to return one MP to the British parliament in the 19th century.
Haddington gave the title of Earl in the Scottish peerage to the descendents of the Hamiltons of Innerwick., remote kinsmen of the Dukes of Hamilton.
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Haddington
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