Cockenzie East Lothian

Cockenzie East Lothian has a long history with the burgh status created in 1591 by James VI of Scotland. There is a harbour and large mansion house that have been part of Cockenzie East Lothian for over 300 years. Cockenzie East Lothian is a small town on the east coast of Scotland just outside of Musselburgh close to the site of the historic Battle of Prestonpans where the Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the English army led by Sir John Cope. Cockenzie and Port Seton have merged into one town.

Cockenzie Power Station 

The Power Station at Cockenzie East Lothian, opened in 1967 and was used over 500.000 tons of coal which was crushed by the grinding ring and steel balls to generate electricity to power all the houses in Edinburgh for over 10 years.

Cockenzie East Lothian Cockenzie Power Station

  Cockenzie Power Station Grinding Ring and Balls Cockenzie East Lothian   

Cockenzie and Port Seton Harbour 

The Cockenzie Harbour built circa 1630 by the Seton family to transport salt and coal to all parts of Europe. A further harbour at Port Seton was built around the same time and later rebuilt by the Stevenson brothers (father and uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson) in 1835 for the Cadell (Caddell) family who acquired the area in 1774. 

Cockenzie Harbour

    Cockenzie Harbour

Cockenzie Power Station Mural

The Mural of the Power Station is one of the prestoungrange murals which can be seen in and around Prestonpans (link to murals). 

 Cockenzie East Lothian Mural 

Cockenzie House and lookout Tower

Cockenzie House was originally built for David Seton by Robert Seton, 8th Lord Seton and 1st Earl of Winton, circa 1600, as an estate-residence from which to oversee the affairs of the harbour and of the local Seton estate. It then passed to the family Caddell (Cadell) of Cockenzie. The Cadell family were land owners of Cockenzie for over 200 years purchasing the land in 1779. The original lands of Cockenzie being owned by George Seton, 5th Earl of Winton who had the lands taken fro him by the crown as he had been a supporter of the Jacobite army and the old pretender ( James Francis Edward Stuart). The lands were then purchased by the York Buildings Company in 1719. The York buildings company interests were in the production and distribution of coal and salt and became the largest company in Scotland.

   Cockenzie East Lothian Cockenzie House Cockenzie East Lothian Cockenzie House lookout Tower  

 

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