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Aberlady - A Short History
In The Beginning
The present layout of the village is medieval in origin and may date to the 12th century. It was then, in 1149, when King David 1 was on the Scottish throne, that Aberlady was - in a Royal Charter - confirmed as a port. But it took almost 500 years more ( 1633 ) before it was officially recognised as 'The Port of Haddington'. The same year - 30 years after the union of the crowns - Charles 1 King of England was also crowned King of Scotland.
It has been known as Aberlessic ( 12th century ), Abirleuedi, Aberlefti (13th century ) and in the 15th century Abirladye, Aberladye, Abirlathie to mention a few.
'aber' means 'mouth of', and it is thought that the Peffer Burn was once known as the 'Leddie', which leads some people to believe that it is from these two words that the name is derived.
There were some however who preferred to carry on their business in an unofficial manner. We are referring to the smugglers who were known to ply their trade in the area.
But the railway did offer some compensation in that, when the Gullane and Aberlady railway was opened on 1st April 1898, it made access to the village much easier, and consequently it attracted a lot of visitors, much as it does today.
Today East Lothian's coastline, including its beaches, is considered a great asset, but in the war it was thought that many stretches of it would provide ideal landing areas for german forces. So steps were taken to avert, or at least lessen this danger. In Aberlady Bay this involved the laying of large concrete blocks accross it - North to South - and at right angles to it, along the shoreline. One of these can still be seen at the Eastern boundary of the village. Others can be seen between Aberlady and the village of Longniddry to the West.
After the war Aberlady returned to being just another sleepy East Lothian village. And it has retained this charm to the present day.
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Aberlady - a Scottish village in East Lothian