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East Lothian




This is a picturesque small community made up of cottages and farm steadings and out-buildings. It is located between Aberlady, Drem, Haddington and Longniddry and is about 20 miles from Edinburgh.

I have a connection to the village through the BURN(S) family who were there between the 17th and the 19th Centuries. From the little roundabout leading towards Drem, it is easy to miss the village itself because it is split in two by the main road. On one side you have Ballencrieff Villages and on the other you have Ballencrieff Castle, Ballencrieff House and Ballencrieff Mains Farm (established c1863 by rearing rare pig breeds).

But there is much more to the village on closer inspection. Ballencrieff Castle built initially as a large house by James Murray (James VI’s private secretary) has seen many changes over its 500 year history – not least when it was destroyed in 1544. However, now fully restored and a private family residence, it is easy to see how the small community has built up around the castle.

By researching old parish registers, kirk session minutes, census returns, land records, monumental inscriptions, maps and court records – I hope to gain much from discovering how this village contributed to the trade and farming around the castle and within Haddingtonshire and what families over this time period made the village what it is today.

Lorna Kinnaird








29 Sep 2014


Ballencrieff One-Place Study

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There will be a link to the Ballencrieff OPS with my genealogy website