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Bolton Attractions

East Lothian

Bolton East Lothian was known to be owned by Sir John Halliburton in 1389 The Parish Church was first erected circa 1244 under the superiority of the Canons of Holyrood Abbey. The church became a ruin and a new church was built by Gilbert Burns brother of Robert Burns. 

Bolton Parish Church East Lothian Scotla
Burns Family Plaque Bolton Parish Church

 Bolton Church Graveyard

Bolton East Lothian

The Grave of Gilbert Burns and his children Isabella, Agnes and Janet his mother Agnes Broun and sister Annabella.

Burns Family Grave Bolton East Lothian
Burns Grave Bolton East Lothian

Bolton Do’cot

Bolton East Lothian

The Doo’cot in Bolton is directly across from the Old Parish Church where the family of Robert Burns are Buried.

Bolton Do'cot Bolton East Lothian

Grant’s Brae

Bolton East Lothian

Bolton near Haddington East Lothian was where Robert Burns’ family stayed (mother and brother and later sister). Robert Burns’ brother Gilbert Burns (1760 – 1827) and mother, Agnes Broun 17 March 1732 – 14 January 1820 (and later his sister Annabella) moved to Bolton East Lothian from Ayrshire. Gilbert oversaw the building of the new Bolton parish church which was completed in 1809. The cottage at Grant’s Brae is no longer there, the house was demolished and a roadside monument stands in its place. No more than one hundred yards northeast lies the drinking well used by the Burns family. It was lovingly restored in 1932 and dedicated to Agnes Broun. The dedication states: “Drink of the pure crystals and not only be ye succoured but also refreshed in the mind. To the mortal and immortal memory and in noble tribute to her, who not only gave a son to Scotland but to the whole world and whose own doctrines he preached to humanity that we might learn?”.

Grants Brae Memorial Stone Bolton East Lothian

The words from the monument at Grant’s Brae; NEAR THIS SPOT STOOD THE HOUSE IN WHICH | LIVED AND DIED |


Grants Brae Plaque Bolton East Lothian

The Well Grant’s Brae

Bolton East Lothian

Where Robert Burns mother Agnes Burns (nee Broun) collected the water for the household needs. The house where she lived (Grants Brae) with her son Gilbert and daughter Annabella, brother and sister of Robert Burns is near to Bolton East Lothian. Agnes Burns died 14 January 1820 age 88 years and is buried in Bolton Church yard as are Gilbert, Annabella and Gilbert’s daughter

Stone from the Burns Family well at Grants House Bolton East Lothian
Burns Family Well Bolton East Lothian

War Memorial Fountain 

Bolton East Lothian

The war memorial is to those who fell in the first world war 10 from Bolton and in the second world war a further 4.

Bolton War Memorial East Lothian Scotlan
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