Aberlady

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Coordinates: 56°01′N 2°52′W / 56.01°N 2.86°W / 56.01; -2.86

Aberlady
Scottish Gaelic: Obar Lìobhaite
Scots: Aiberleddy
Aberlady is located in East Lothian
Aberlady
Aberlady
 Aberlady shown within East Lothian
Population 873 [1] (2001 census)
est. 1,140[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NT465798
Council area East Lothian
Lieutenancy area East Lothian
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EH32 xxx
Dialling code 01875
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Lothian
Scottish Parliament East Lothian
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Aberlady Church
Aberlady wetlands

Aberlady (Scots: Aiberleddy,[3] Gaelic: Obar Lìobhaite) is a coastal village in the Scottish council area of East Lothian.

Aberlady is surrounded by several well-known golf courses including Luffness, Kilspindie and Craigielaw

History[edit]

In the Middle Ages, Aberlady was an important harbour and was designated "Port of Haddington" by a 1633 Act of Parliament. However, its origins are much earlier.

Aberlady had strong links with the monasteries at Iona and Lindisfarne from the 7th century, and its role was to facilitate the pilgrim traffic between the two sites. Previous archaeological excavations have shown traces of a Culdee chapel, and Pope Gregory X made reference to the church which he called "Aberlefdi". The 8th century Aberlady Cross fragment can be seen at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. A reconstruction of this finely carved cross was erected in 2011 by Aberlady Conservation & History Society.

Aberlady Parish Church dates back to the 15th century. It was re-built in 1887. In 1986, the parishes of Aberlady and Gullane were merged, and the Manse is now in Gullane.

The "Aberlady Heritage Project" is a community-led project, and in 2008 it surveyed three sites - the medieval harbour quay commissioned in 1535, the Iron Age fort and associated souterrain at Kilspindie, and the Anglo-Saxon site at the Glebe. Aberlady boasts the largest collection of stray Anglo-Saxon finds yet discovered in Scotland.

Conservation[edit]

Aberlady Nature Reserve Footbridge

In 1952, Aberlady Bay became the UK's first Local Nature Reserve or LNR. Amongst its other conservation designations are: Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI; Special Protection Area or SPA; and Ramsar site. East Lothian Council provides Reserve Wardens.

Waterston House, overlooking Aberlady Bay, is the headquarters of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC). It is named after George Waterston, the founder of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The Library holds over 3,500 items and is said to be the largest ornithological library in Scotland.

The art gallery space is named after wildlife artist Donald Watson who was President of SOC. The gallery specialises in bird-related paintings, but in May 2008 it had a textile exhibition named "Flights of Fancy".

The author Nigel Tranter was inspired to write on his daily walks on the nature reserve. A cairn in his memory stands at the car park by the wooden footbridge; Nigel Tranter referred to it as "the bridge to enchantment".

Aberlady Conservation & History Society is the local focus for conservation in the built and natural environment

Birdwatching Center

of the village and its surroundings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1] Aberlady Community Association & Village web site
  • [2] Scottish Natural Heritage webpage for Aberlady LNR
  • [3] Aberlady Conservation Society and Aberlady Heritage Project website