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St Clements and St Ninians, Wallyford (geograph 4243164).jpg

St Clements and St Ninians Church, Wallyford
Wallyford is located in East Lothian
Wallyford is located in Scotland
Location within Scotland
Population3,260 (mid-2016 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNT368722
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH21
Dialling code0131
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°56′17″N 3°00′42″W / 55.9381°N 3.0117°W / 55.9381; -3.0117
Looking south-west across barley fields to Wallyford
Looking south-west across barley fields to Wallyford

Wallyford is a village near Musselburgh and approximately seven miles (11 km) east of Edinburgh in East Lothian, Scotland.[2]


The village was initially populated by coal miners[3] and later grew as an overspill/commuter town for workers in Musselburgh and Edinburgh. A tribute to the miners can be found marked on a stone through the main road (Salters Road) of the village.[4] A coal mine at Wallyford was worked for the profit of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563 and also supplied coal for her own fire at Holyrood Palace.[5]

The village is overlooked by the restored Fa'side Castle which was destroyed by the English after the Battle of Pinkie in 1546.[6] In 2016, construction began to regenerate the village. A new, replacement Primary School was completed in February 2019.[7] A new village high street/centre will be created alongside a legible hierarchy of roads and footpaths, maximising connections throughout but in particular to the Village Centre and Community Woodland.[8]


Wallyford has a railway station with a Park and Ride facility, on the Edinburgh to North Berwick railway line, operated by ScotRail.[9]

It has a primary/nursery school,[10] playgroup,[11] community centre,[12] churches,[13] library,[14] post office and a Miners' social club.[15]

Notable people

Sir William Binning of Wallyford (1627–1711) Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1675–1677.[16]

Victorian writer Margaret Oliphant was born in Wallyford on 4 April 1828. Among her best-known works were Katie Stewart, The Carlingford Chronicles and Tales of the Seen and Unseen. She died in Wimbledon on 25 June 1897 and was buried in Eton Cemetery near Windsor.[17]

Willie Park, Sr., the first and four-time winner of the Open Championship in golf, was born in Wallyford on 30 June 1833 and died on 25 July 1903.[18]

Former footballer and football manager Jock Wallace, Jr. was born in Wallyford on 6 September 1935. He went on to have a successful career as manager of Rangers.[19]

See also


  1. ^ "Mid-2016 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Wallyford from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Lothians Housing Evidence given by Robert Brown". Scottish Mining Website. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Theres no reason to be board with Wallyford's History". East Lothian Courier. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  5. ^ Gordon Donaldson, Thirds of Benefices (SHS, Edinburgh, 1949), pp. 146, 156.
  6. ^ "FA'SIDE CASTLE". Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  7. ^ Avril Campbell (17 February 2019). "Pupils about to start life at new Wallyford Primary School". East Lothian Courier. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  8. ^ "East Lothian development Plan 2018". East Lothian Council. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Trains to Wallyford". Trainline. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Wallyford Primary School". Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Wallyford Playgroup". Netmums. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Wallyford Community Centre". East Lothian Council. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Wallyford". UK Church Directory.
  14. ^ "East Lothian Libraries  - Wallyford Library". East Lothian Council. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Wallyford Miners Welfare Social Club". Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Wallyford House". TheCastlesofScotland. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Margaret Oliphant 1828 - 1897". Writing Scotland. BBC. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  18. ^ Push Interactive. "Park Sr., Willie". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Jock Wallace". The Rangers Football Club Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2020.

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