Place:Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Coordinates56°N 2.517°W
Located inEast Lothian, Scotland     (1651 - 1975)
See alsoLothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
East Lothian (council area), Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
Contained Places
Dunbar Castle
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


Dunbar is a coastal parish established 1651 in the former county of East Lothian and which ceased to exist following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1974. The parish had an area of 30.5 km2 (11.8 sq. miles) and had 5 neighbouring parishes: Innerwick, Prestonkirk, Spott, Stenton and Whitekirk & Tynninghame.

Dunbar is now located in the East Lothian Council Area, some 9 miles (15 km) east of Haddington and 17 miles (27 km) east of Prestonpans.

The town of Dunbar has an article in Wikipedia which gives more information about the parish as well.


Research Tips

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

Notes for East Lothian

  • GENUKI has a bibliography on the county page for East Lothian.
  • FreeCen index includes the whole of East Lothian for 1841, 1851 and 1861 The Genealogical Society of Utah sponsored the collection of 1881 census records and these will be found at FamilySearch
  • The Dunbar Parish Registers for the Church of Scotland provide information on baptisms (1636-1854), marriages (1635-1747 and 1750-1854) and burials (1643-1750 and 1776-1854). See the FamilySearch Wiki article on Dunbar for other church denominations.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Dunbar. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparitive maps.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Dunbar provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.

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