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Cockenzie and Port Seton ((Middle Scots: Cockenȝie, the "ȝ" being the letter yogh, pronounced locally "Koh-kinn-ie"; Scottish Gaelic: Cùl Choinnich, meaning cove of Kenneth.[1])is a unified town in East Lothian, Scotland, situated on the coast of the Firth of Forth, four miles north east of Musselburgh. The burgh of Cockenzie was created in 1591 by James VI of Scotland. Port Seton harbour was built by George Seton, 11th Lord Seton between 1655 and 1665.

The town has a population of 4,493 as of 2001[2].

Since the last Census in 2001, there have been many new houses built. The population is currently around 5,460.

To the west of the town, between Cockenzie and Prestonpans is the site of Cockenzie Power Station, a large coal-fired power station which has been a major employer since the 1960s, and has enabled the town to survive and prosper.

Cockenzie and Port Seton has grown from what were initially two small fishing villages. The older parts of the town, between the two harbours, retain a more traditional feel and look, similar to many other small fishing villages on the east coast of Scotland.

Although the fishing industry has declined in recent years the harbour at Port Seton still retains a small fleet of vessels, mainly fishing for prawns. In the past Cockenzie was also involved in the salt making and coal mining industries.[3]

Cockenzie and Port Seton has continued to grow over the years and is now a dormitory town for Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

To the east of Port Seton there is a large caravan campsite/holiday park at Seton Sands. The promenade area and the creation of a coastal walk, a part of The John Muir Way, have improved the environment in recent years.[4]

To the south east is Seton Collegiate Church, also known as Seton Chapel, an Ancient Monument in the care of Historic Scotland.

The town is also home to the popular and active Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club (CPSARC) which draws members from the local area and across the country.

The family of Princess Mary of Denmark is originally from Port Seton.

Its twin town is Barga, Italy.

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Coordinates: 55°57′N 2°57′W / 55.95°N 2.95°W / 55.95; -2.95

Notes and references

  1. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html
  2. ^ 2001 Census - Cockenzie and Port Seton(PDF). East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/documents/contentmanage/2001%20Census%20-%20Cockenzie%20and%20Port%20Seton-2364.PDF
  3. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html
  4. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html







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