Elphinstone, East Lothian

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Elphinstone
Remains of Elphinstone Tower (geograph 1961775).jpg
The remains of Elphinstone Tower
Elphinstone is located in East Lothian
Elphinstone
Elphinstone
Elphinstone is located in Scotland
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTRANENT
Postcode districtEH33
Dialling code01875
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55°55′19″N 2°57′58″W / 55.922°N 2.966°W / 55.922; -2.966Coordinates: 55°55′19″N 2°57′58″W / 55.922°N 2.966°W / 55.922; -2.966

Elphinstone is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, UK. It lies two miles south-west of Tranent on the B6414, and one mile north-west of Ormiston.

Located half a mile west of the village, Elphinstone Tower, built in the 13th to 15th century, is a former five-storey tower, now a ruin, with only the lower level remaining. The Elphinstone clan held the lands of Elphinstone in Lothian of which Sir Alexander Seton of that Ilk was Lord: Alexander de Elphinstone, died ca. 1290; John Elphinstone, knight; Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk; William Elphinstone; William of Elphinstone of that Ilk, knight; Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk, killed in battle 1436; Henry Elphinstone of Pittendreich.

The Protestant reformer George Wishart was brought to Elphinstone by Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell en route to St Andrews where he was tried and burned at the stake.

Elphinstone Colliery was formerly the main employer in the village; now Inveresk Research International is one of the main employers in the area. Elphinstone Tower Farm produces cereal crops.

The population has been declining, but the village still has basic amenities, including a primary school, a community centre, a newsagent, and a miners welfare club. Until being closed down due to cutbacks in 2008, Elphinstone had a post office.

There is a fairy story about a witch called Meg who is supposed to have been involved in the naming of the village. Meg had servants who were elves and she was cruel to them. One day she went to the burn inbetween Elphinstone and Ormiston and ate in her carriage, telling her servants not to disturb her. One elf broke into her carriage once she had fell asleep and stole some of her leftovers. Meg, however, awoke and caught him. She took him back to Elphinstone and trapped him in her stone or "Meg's chuck". Hence the name Elph (elf) in stone.

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