Earliest surviving record of Haddington’s status as a royal burgh.
King David I gives Haddington and its lands to Ada, daughter of the Earl of Warenne and Surrey, when she marries his eldest son, Prince Henry.
Foundation of Cistercian Priory
St Martin’s Kirk built as a Cistercian abbey
King Alexander II is born in Haddington.
Town subjected to pillage and is burned by the English under King John. Scottish royal family vacates the Palace of Haddington.
Patrick, sixth Earl of Athol, is murdered in a ‘palace’ at the west end of the High Street.
Haddington again destroyed by fire.
First record of a bridge over the Tyne in the town.
William Wallace prepares a document addressed to the mayors of Lubeck and Hamburg while he is in Haddington.
King Robert 1 (Robert the Bruce) grants a new royal charter to the town.
Town sacked by Edward III of England’s army.
Huge flood. Most of the Nungate washed away.
Building of St Mary’s Kirk begins.
Haddington is the fourth largest Scottish town (after Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen)
St Mary’s is completed.
John Knox born at Giffordgate.
Treaty of Haddington
The Scottish Parliament convenes in the abbey and resolves to send Mary Queen of Scots to France for her marriage to the French heir.
Siege of Haddington
Actually a series of sieges. James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran and Regent of Scotland, takes Haddington in September 1547, with the help of the French. English troops take the town in February 1548 and hold out under siege until September 1549.
Town is again burned, the calamity caused by a maid leaving a screen covered with clothes too near a fire.
Founding of the Ancient Fraternity of Gardeners of East Lothian, the oldest fraternity of its kind.
Death of Rev John Gray, who leaves his valuable collection of books to the town to create a public library.
Adam Skirving, songwriter famous for composing Hey Johnnie Cope Are Ye Waukin’ Yet?, is born in the town.
Town House is built to a design by William Adam (although little of his original design now exists)
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church built in Church Street.
Another major flood, with the Tyne reportedly rising 17 feet.
Birth of Jane Welsh, who was to become one of the great letter writers of her age. She married essayist Thomas Carlyle in 1826.
Waterloo Bridge by the Poldrate Mill is built and is named after the battle of Waterloo (the foundation stone having been laid on the anniversary of the battle).
Birth of Samuel Smiles, government reformer and author, best remembered for his work, Self-Help (1859).
Additions made to the Town House – three cells, a spacious town hall, and a 150-feet spire from designs by Gillespie Graham.
Opening of Haddington railway station.
Building of the Corn Exchange.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church is built in Poldrate.
Completion of the Knox Memorial Institute to house the grammar school of Haddington (later Knox Academy).
The twin steel arched Victoria Bridge was commissioned from civil engineers Belfrage & Carfrae, Edinburgh.
Birth of William Gillies, renowned artist and principal of Edinburgh College of Art.
Neilson Park opens with funds left by George Neilson, a local shopkeeper, who passed away in 1897.
Discovery of a hoard of Roman treasure (now on display at the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh) at nearby Traprain Law.
Three people killed when German planes drop bombs on the town.
Another huge flood damages much of the town.
Haddington railway station closes to the public.
Sean Connery working at Stark’s (joiners and undertakers) in the Nungate.
Haddington is twinned with Aubigny sur Nère in France
Lamp of Lothian Trust is founded by the late Duchess of Hamilton to bring together the community through restoration of derelict buildings in Haddington.
The first Haddington Festival is held.
Completion of the renovation of St Mary’s, including the re-roofing of the choir
Dual carriageway of the A1 from Edinburgh is extended to reach Haddington.
Church bells re-hung in St Mary's
Haddington Pipe Band wins Scottish Pipe Band of the Year award
Publication of new vision for Haddington town centre.
Thanks to the work of Blooming Haddington, Haddington wins Best Medium Town trophy in the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards.
Blooming Haddington wins a gold award and the overall title in the Town category in the RHS Britain in Bloom awards for the UK