In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dunbar like this:
Dunbar, royal burgh and seaport town, and par., Haddingtonshire, 29¼ miles E. of Edinburgh by rail and 367 NW. of London -- par., 7497 ac., pop. 5396; royal burgh, pop. 3745; town, pop. (with Belhaven) 1661; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Tues. Dunbar has a bracing air, and is coming into favour as a heath resort. It has valuable herring fisheries. The harbour has been greatly enlarged and improved. Boatbuilding is carried on. On a rock near the harbour stand the ruins of Dunbar Castle (captured by Edward I.), formerly a place of great strength. At the Race of Dunbar, in 1650, Cromwell defeated the Scottish army under Leslie. Dunbar united with Haddington, North Berwick, Jedburgh, and Lauder in returning 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Dunbar has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Lothian. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Dunbar and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dunbar in East Lothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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