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For a historical profile of East Lothian's main towns, see the individual town entries on this page. If you can't find what you're looking for, try using the website search at the top of the page or email email@example.com for help.
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Musselburgh is situated at the mouth of the River Esk and derives its name from the extensive mussel beds which lie along its shore on the Firth of Forth. Known locally as 'The Honest Toun,' it dates back almost 2,000 years to when the invading Roman army built a fort on Inveresk Hill.
Haddington was established as a royal burgh in the 12th century during the reign of King David I of Scots and is one the most attractive and unspoilt market towns in the country. East Lothian Council's head office and the Sheriff Court are located here.
One of the most ancient towns in East Lothian, Tranent lies 10 miles east of Edinburgh and 7 miles from Haddington, The town is built on a gentle slope, about 300 feet above the level of the sea, and about a mile and a quarter from the estuary of the Forth.
Prestonpans lies on a gentle slope which rises from the seashore to the slight ridge which is occupied by the main line Edinburgh to London railway. It derives its name from the Monks of Holyrude and Newbattle who erected pans on the seashore to manufacture salt.