Place:Dunstan, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.475°N 1.614°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1955)
See alsoEmbleton, Northumberland, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Bamburgh Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Alnwick Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Craster, Northumberland, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1955.
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Do not confuse this little village of Dunstan with Dunston, a suburb of Gateshead, formerly in County Durham, and now in Tyne and Wear. The two places are about 50 miles apart and as different as chalk and cheese.

Dunstan Village is a small hamlet in north Northumberland, England, close to the village of Craster. From 1894 until 1955 it was part of Alnwick Rural District. Dunstan was absorbed into Craster in 1955.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Dunstan from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DUNSTON, a township in Embleton parish, Northumberland; on the coast, near Dunstanburgh, 6 miles NE of Alnwick. Acres: 1,663. Population: 303. Houses: 58. Duns Scotus, "the subtle doctor, " is said, by some, to have been a native."

There is an article in Wikipedia on the philosopher Duns Scotus (1266-1308).

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