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Belhaven Parish Church
Belhaven is located in Scotland
OS grid reference NT665784
Civil parish
Council area
  • East Lothian Council
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNBAR
Postcode district EH42
Dialling code 01368
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • East Lothian
Scottish Parliament
  • East Lothian
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55°59′53″N 2°32′10″W / 55.998°N 2.536°W / 55.998; -2.536

Belhaven is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, and was originally the ancient port of Dunbar of which town the village has always been a part. Belhaven takes its name from its situation at the mouth of the Biel Water. The village is home to Belhaven Hill School, an independent co-educational prep school for children between the ages of 7–13.


The non-burghal part of the lands of Belhaven and nearby West Barns belonged to a cadet branch of the famous Lauder of The Bass family, (see Bass Rock), who were often designated Lauder of Belhaven. Sir Robert Lauder of Beilmouth, Knt., (d. 24 June 1709), a Writer (solicitor), Justice of the Peace, and Clerk to the Exchequer, was the first to change his designation from 'of Belhaven & West Barns' to 'of Beilmouth', and had descendants with Jacobite sympathies, his third wife being an Ogilvie. Miller relates that Archibald the eldest son of the last laird, had been captured at Carlisle by the government army and that "a search was made for the laird also a Robert Lauder who, by means of a concealment in his house at Belhaven, evaded discovery till the heat of pursuit was over. He was buried at the foot of the pulpit-stair in Dunbar old church [in 1768]."

The estate of Winterfield north and east of Belhaven was, in 1830, the seat of Captain R. Anderson, Royal Navy.

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