In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Drem like this:
Drem, a village and a barony in Athelstaneford parish, Haddingtonshire, 4¼ miles N by W of Haddington. The village stands on the North British railway at the junction of the branch to North Berwick, being 4¾ miles SSW of that town, and 17¾ E by N of Edinburgh; at it is a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. The barony, comprising more than 800 acres of fine land, belonged once to the Knights Templars, and is now the property of the Earl of Hopetoun. ...
A small Roman station seems to have been on it, and ½ mile distant there from was a Caledonian or Romano-British town, which appears to have been strongly fortified, and has left distinct traces on the crown of a conical eminence to the extent of about 2 acres. The priest's house of the Knights Templars' establishment is still standing, as also are a holly hedge that fenced the priest's garden and the greater part of a little chapel, served by the priest; but the graveyard attached to the chapel has been converted into a fruitful garden. About 100 yards from the old chapel a very perfect specimen was discovered in April 1882 of an ancient sepulchre, formed of six red sandstone flags, and containing a skull and a clay urn.
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 Drem 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 Drem and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Drem in East Lothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd May 2013
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