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Prestonpans Town Information

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This traditional seaside resort was named after salt pans which formed part of a major salt-producing industry dating back to the 12th century.

They were first established by monks from Newcastle Abbey and proved prosperous until the Act of Union in 1707 allowed salt to be imported from England.

In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops met an English army just outside the town and defeated them in a mere 10 minutes.
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Prestonpans - Photo © Richard Webb
Prestonpans - Photo: Richard Webb CCL