Issue 100 - Summer

'Century' of editions – for your quarterly, county magazine

East Lothian Life

It is with great pride and delight I bring you our 100th issue of East Lothian Life. The magazine has come a long way since it was first launched –– back in September 1989. I can’t quite get my head around the fact this is the 100th issue of East Lothian Life. Where oh where have these past 28 years gone? It has certainly been a whirlwind of discovery: I have met so many wonderful people; explored every nook and cranny of our charming towns and villages; experienced new pastimes and learned of old; enjoyed spectating and taking part in an extensive range of pursuits and watched first-hand how the county has grown and blossomed.

In this special edition to mark our milestone 100th East Lothian Life, Ailsa Fortune looks back at a fascinating mix of houses which have been featured over the years, while brothers, Andrew and Peter Jaffray recount a challenging game of golf on Winterfield Links. Some of our contributors share with you what East Lothian Life means to them and Lyle Crawford comments on what else happened in 1989 – The Year That Changed the World’.

It is the time to really make the most of the long days, with their stretched-out evenings, by getting active in the East Lothian outdoors. You can follow our Muddy Boots, sign up for surf school, take a boat trip to the Bass, go cliff top walking, cycling, sailing. The county is a real haven for nature lovers, with bird sanctuaries, woodlands full of wildlife and our beautiful coast-line.

Let us know what you think and what you love about our first 100 issues.

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Front Cover: A glorious summer’s day. The iconic Bass Rock by photographer, Patrycja Lipinska.


06 East Lothian Homes
10 Leuchie Revisited
16 East Lothian Property
70 Gifford Woods
36 Neighbours No More
42 Celebrating 100 issues of East Lothian Life
50 East Lothian Life Focus – Sara Jalicy
52 Meet Lord-Lieutentant Michael Williams
76 News & Views & Book Reviews
12 Summer Interiors
14 East Lothian Antiques
20 East Lothian Gardening
27 Play Bridge
31 Play Chess
40 World Book Day
48 Haddington Show – a great family day
56 Art Matters – Donna Ford
62 Cooking is fun…
65 Wine Cellars
66 The Battle of Pinkie, 1547
69 Smuggling Days
72 East Lothian’s Railways of the past
28 Muddy Boots 62 – Whitekirk to North Berwick and back
32 East Lothian Biodiversity – A Botanical Year
35 Money Matters
44 The Humble Hedge
46 Lothian Farm Monitor project
54 Fringe by the Sea – The Perfect Ten
58 Fisherrow Yacht Club Diamond Jubilee
60 Tomorrow’s Lobsters
74 Winterfield Golf Club
77 East Lothian classified
80 Travel & Explore – Krakow
82 East Lothian Motoring
75 Competition
78 East Lothian Classified