Haddington, straddling the River Tyne 18 miles east of Edinburgh, was made a royal burgh by David I in the 12th century. By the 1400s it was the fourth-largest town in Scotland, but fires, floods and war took their toll. Most of the modern town dates from the 17th to 19th centuries – the period of prosperity after the Agricultural Revolution. The prettiest part of town is tree-lined Court St, with its wide pavement and grand 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
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