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East Linton

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Things to do: historic sites, museums
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, 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' on 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).There is a fountain in the town square which has 4 cherubs and lights on top.Preston Mill, an old watermill, is on the outskirts. There has been a mill on the site since 1599, and it is still working. Attached to the watermill is a kiln, with a cowl of local design.
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