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Forthcoming events and lectures and the past programmes

East Lothian Place Names

Members of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society gathered at the Maitlandfield House Hotel on 8th February for another in their series of Winter lectures.
Honorary President, Stephen Bunyan, welcomed Liz Curtis of Dunbar who is a member of the Scottish Place Names Society. She gave a fascinating talk on the history behind some of the place names of East Lothian. These have been a subject of interest to historians for centuries with myths muddying the facts. For example, it was long suggested that Humbie got its name from the humming of the many bees to be found there! In reality, many of the names can be traced back to the languages of the many peoples who settled in the area from the earliest times – Brythonic, Old English, Norse, Scots, Baronial French. Strangely, although in East Lothian for some time with a fort at Inveresk, the Romans brought no Latin links.

Many names stem from the words for landscape features or land use in the different languages. Many relate to different types of farm e.g. those with ton, hame or by in them. Dunbar comes from the Anglo Saxon – Dyun Baer – Fort on the Point. A Saxon fort was found when the Leisure Pool was being built. Other names come from religious links e.g. Nungate in Haddington.

After a time for questions, including the correct way to pronounce Gullane, Mr Bunyan gave a vote of thanks. He noted that the day was also the 650th Anniversary of the granting of a Charter to Dunbar by King David the Second.
The next Winter Lecture will be a talk on the History of St Martin’s Kirk at the Maitlandfield House Hotel – 2pm on 14th March.

Provisional Events Planned for 2019

Talks

  • 9th Feb 19 – Talk by Keith Marischall
  • 9th March 19 – Talk on Old Tyninghame
  • 12th April 19 – Annual Dinner speaker Tim Porteous
  • 11th or 18th May 19 – AGM Chalmers Memorial Church

Visits

  • 13th July 19 Marchmont House
  • 4th August 19 – East Linton Village Gary Menzies
  • 7th September 19 Tyninghame House and Church

Notes for Guidance – Programme 2011/12

4h June Celebration of John Rennie

b 7/6/1761 d 4 /10 /1821
For background information see document already issued.
The exhibition “ John Rennie FRS eminent Civil Engineer” opens in The John Muir Birthplace High St Dunbar at 10am
We are to meet as a group at 1130
Lunch will be available in West barns Hall
Meet at 2 30 at the Memorial at Phantassie for a commemoration, followed by a walk through the grounds of Phantassie and tea at Prestonkirk Stables. Continue reading

Members’ Outings 2006/7

Saturday 10th June The May island is now an important National Nature Reserve particularly for seabirds in the Firth of Forth. It was an important ecclesiastical settlement in the Middle Ages particularly associated with St Adrian.It ceased to important in this way at the Reformation. The Reformers were interested in preaching to the people but not in venerating Holy Places. This will be a whole day excursion because for a party of any size the island has to be approached from Anstruther.

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