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Dunbar, East Lothian

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Dunbar, East Lothian

Dunbar is a town in East Lothian on the southeast coast of Scotland, approximately 28 miles (45 km) east of Edinburgh and 28 miles (45 km) from the English Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Dunbar is a former Royal Burgh and gave its name to an ecclesiastical and civil parish. The parish extends around 7½ miles east to west and is 3½ miles deep at greatest extent (12 x 5.5 kilometres) or 11¼ square miles (c.
Post townDUNBAR
Administrative CountyEast Lothian
Traditional CountyEast Lothian
OS GridNT6778
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01368
Populationest. 7,700 (2006)

Other names by which Dunbar, East Lothian has been known in the past

Dun Barr ~ Ledone

Dunbar, East Lothian in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

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.

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