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“Coal, Salt and Waggons” – Online Talk
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us on Zoom for the second of our Spring lectures:
The story of the Battle of Prestonpans has been told and retold for centuries. But what of the communities where the battle took place? What was happening in Tranent, Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans in the early-mid 18th century? Who were the people living and working there? Ed Bethune of the 1722 Waggonway Project will evaluate the industries of the area and introduce the story of some of the unknown, but key characters, who were operating in the area prior to the famous battle of which we know so much.
Ed Bethune is an early railway historian, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the founder and chairman of the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group. Since 2017 he has led the project which has literally broken ground to establish the true story of the 1722 Waggonway, Scotland’s earliest railway, with the excavation of the waggonway in June 2019 being named one of the top 5 Scottish archaeological discoveries of that year.
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