History Resources

Musselburgh Library has a good local history section including local census information and older town histories. They also sell current local history publications.

Musselburgh Museum traces the development of the town, hosts changing exhibitions and has built up a valuable archive of local information.

The John Gray Centre in Haddington brings together East Lothian’s Archaeology, Museum, Archive and Local History Services.

The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe. Click on either of the links below, and then click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ in the ‘non-subscribers’ box:
Account of 1791-99 vol.16 p.1 : Inveresk, County of Edinburgh
Inveresk, County of Edinburgh. Account of 1834-45, volume 1, page 246

Entry for Musselburgh in 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. (From www.scottish-places.info)

Old Musselburgh Maps: from the National Library of Scotland map collection:
1853, ORDNANCE SURVEY Large Scale Town Plan (12 sheets)
1893, ORDNANCE SURVEY Large Scale Town Plan  (11 sheets)