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Haddington Town Information




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St. Mary's Church - Photo ©  Kevin Rae
St. Mary's Church - Photo: Kevin Rae CCL

image spacer A one-time county town, Haddington was a royal burgh by the 12th century and its 14th century parish church, St Mary’s, is known as the ‘Lamp of the Lothians’. At one time it had a lantern on its tower.
In 1584 the Treaty of Haddington resulted in the eventual marriage of Mary Queen of Scots to the French dauphin, bringing to an end the so-called ‘rough wooing’ of the English who wanted the young queen to wed 10-years-old Edward V1.

The town was the birthplace of both King of the Scots Alexander 11 (1198-1249) and John Knox (1514-72), the central figure in the Scottish Reformation movement. Nearby Kinlock House is an 18th century mansion.

Haddington - Photo  © Richard Webb
Haddington - Photo: Richard Webb CCL