Morrison's Haven

(Morison's Haven, Acheson's Haven, Newhaven)

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Morison's Haven, a harbour in Prestonpans parish, Haddingtonshire, adjacent to the boundary with Edinburghshire, 1 ½ mile WSW of Prestonpans town. Formed in 1526 by the monks of Newbattle for exporting coal from their lands of Prestongrange, it was called originally Newhaven, afterwards Acheson's Haven, eventually Morison's Haven; and it serves now as the port for Prestonpans, and for extensive neighbouring works and collieries of the Prestongrange Coal and Iron Company, employing upwards of 400 men. About 1873 it acquired new importance by the formation of a village for the neighbouring work-people, the erection of a large brick and tile work, and the construction of branch lines of railway. Its tidal harbour, reckoned to be one of the best in the Firth of Forth, afforded a very limited reach for the loading of vessels; but in 1875-77 it was greatly improved and extended, after engineering plans by J. Buchanan, at a cost of £10,000.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

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