East Lothian

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East Lothian
Aest Lowden
Lodainn an Ear
Skyline of East LothianAest LowdenLodainn an Ear
Official logo of East LothianAest LowdenLodainn an Ear
Coordinates: 55°55′N 2°45′W / 55.917°N 2.750°W / 55.917; -2.750Coordinates: 55°55′N 2°45′W / 55.917°N 2.750°W / 55.917; -2.750
Admin HQ Haddington
 • Body East Lothian Council
 • Control Labour minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 262.2 sq mi (679.2 km2)
Area rank Ranked 18th
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 104,800
 • Rank Ranked 21st
 • Density 400/sq mi (154/km2)
ONS code S12000010
ISO 3166 code GB-ELN
Website http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/

East Lothian (/ˈlðiən/; Scots: Aest Lowden; Scottish Gaelic: Lodainn an Ear), is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and a lieutenancy area. For a time, it was also known as Haddingtonshire.

It borders the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Its administrative centre is Haddington, although its largest town is Musselburgh. East Lothian is also the name of a registration county, which has different boundaries to the council area.[1]


The council area was created in 1996, replacing the East Lothian district of the Lothian region. The district had been created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, consisting of the old county of East Lothian plus the burgh of Musselburgh and the parish of Inveresk (which included Wallyford and Whitecraig) which until then had been in the county of Midlothian.

When abolished, for local government purposes, in 1975, the county of East Lothian bordered the county of Midlothian to the west, and Berwickshire to the south.

In November 2017, a county flag competition was launched in East Lothian to register an official flag of East Lothian. Anyone willing to enter this competition was allowed to enter, which resulted in 623 entries to the competition. The end of entry submission time was the 28th of February 2018. Four final flag designs will be placed in a vote to the residents of East Lothian, and the final winning design will be unveiled in November 2018.[2]

Places of interest

Towns and villages

Civil Parishes

East Lothian or Haddingtonshire Civil Parish map.[3]

Notable people from East Lothian

Sports personalities from East Lothian

Local media

East Lothian is served by two local paid-for weekly newspapers, the East Lothian Courier and the East Lothian News. The former, known locally as The Courier, is the better-selling and started in 1859 as the Haddingtonshire Courier (the name was changed in 1971). The family firm of D. & J. Croal, based in Haddington, owned and operated the paper until it was bought by the Dunfermline Press Group in 2004. The East Lothian News was first published in 1971, as part of Scottish County Press group, with editorial offices in Dalkeith and printing at Bonnyrigg (both in Midlothian). SCP was acquired by Regional Independent Media in 2000, which was in turn bought by Johnston Press in 2002.

East Coast FM (Scotland) is a community radio station run by volunteers which has been broadcasting since 2009 from studios at 8 Market Street in Haddington. The station is registered as a charity (SC042784). An FM Community Radio Licence was awarded to the station in September 2012 by regulator Ofcom and a frequency of 107.6 FM was allocated in January 2013. Broadcasting on this frequency started in March 2013. The station can be accessed worldwide across the internet through their website.

East Lothian FM is an Online Community Radio Station operated and managed by East Lothian Community Media Ltd. The station started webcasting to the county from their studio at 38 Market Street, Haddington in October 2011 and applied for a Community Radio Licence (on the FM band) during the application period that ended on 14 February 2012. The result of this application will be announced by Ofcom in due course.

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council is based at John Muir House, Haddington.

Council political compositions

Political composition

Following the 2017 election, the council is composed of the following parties:[4]

Party Councillors
Labour 9
Conservative 7


  1. ^ "Land Register Counties and Operational Dates" (PDF). Registers of Scotland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "A Flag For East Lothian - Haddingtonshire". British County Flags. 
  3. ^ https://archive.org/stream/imperialgazettee02wilsuoft#page/n46/mode/1up
  4. ^ https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210600/elections_and_voting/12030/election_results/2

External links

  • East Lothian Council official government website
  • East Lothian at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
  • East Lothian Directory
  • East Lothian Courier
  • East Lothian News
  • East Coast FM
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