The Square, East Linton
|East Linton shown within East Lothian|
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|Post town||EAST LINTON|
East Linton is a town in East Lothian, Scotland, situated on the River Tyne and A199 road (former A1 road) five miles east of Haddington, with a population of 1,774 (Census 2001). (In 1881 it had a population of 1,042).
Originally called Linton, the village probably gets its name from the Linn (a waterfall) on the river which it grew alongside. It was later called East Linton to distinguish it from West Linton in Peebleshire when the railways were built.
Today it has only one active church - Prestonkirk Parish Church (rebuilt 1770), also the name of the parish, but formerly had a free church (St Andrew's), a Roman Catholic Church, St Kentigern's, and a Methodist hall. The clock on St Andrew's former Church was put in by the village to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee; it was named Jessie after a local lass when some village lads climbed into the steeple and poured a libation over the clock to christen it. The name has remained ever since. There has long been a school in the town, and the mid-Victorian schoolmaster in East Linton was a George Pringle Smith (d.1850).
Following the closure of the branch railway line to Haddington in 1949, the fine Victorian station on the East Coast main line at East Linton became the next closest for that burgh. Though main line trains still thunder through at high speed, East Linton railway station was closed in 1964 and is now used as a residence. A study published in 2013 proposed that East Linton and Reston stations be reopened. Prior to the coming of the North British Railway, the mail coaches changed horses at the Douglas Inn, opposite the distillery in East Linton.
A surviving relic of East Linton's past importance as an agricultural centre is a timber octagonal auction mart for cattle, pigs and sheep in Station Road.
- John Rennie (1761-1821) civil engineer was born here, at Phantassie.
- Robert Noble RSA (1857-1917) artist and founder and president of the Scottish Society of Arts lived his later years here and died here.
- Andrew Meikle (1719-1811) mechanical engineer, credited with inventing the mechanical threshing machine died here.
East Linton has a local football team named East Linton AFC.
- "East coast rail study submitted to transport minister". BBC News. BBC. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Fourteen Parishes of the County of Haddington, by John Martine, Edinburgh, 1890.
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