• 1505

    John Knox born at Giffordgate.

  • 1548

    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.

  • 1548-49

    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.

  • 1598

    Town is again burned, the calamity caused by a maid leaving a screen covered with clothes too near a fire.

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