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A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Belhaven, a coast village and a quoad sacra parish in Dunbar parish, Haddingtonshire. The village stands at the SE corner of Belhaven Bay, 1 mile W by S of Dunbar, and is included in the parliamentary burgh. With splendid sands and numerous handsome villas, it is the watering place of Dunbar townsfolk; at it are an Established church (stipend, £120), a now neglected sulphurous spring, and a public school, which, with accommodation for 122 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 59, and a grant of £45,4s. It gives a title in the Scottish peerage to James Hamilton, ninth Baron Belhaven and Stenton, a title created in 1647, and dormant from 1868 to 1875. Pop. of village (1861) 405, (1871) 369, (1881) 420. Pop. of q. s. parish, in the presbytery of Dunbar and synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, (1871) 1271, (1881) 1344.

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