BRUCE CHARTER ON DISPLAY

Haddington burgh charter issued by Robert the Bruce in 1318 is currently on display at John Gray Centre.

As part of East Lothian's Saltire celebrations the Burgh of Haddington Charter issued by Robert the Bruce in 1318 has gone on display at the John Gray Centre, Haddington. The Charter came back to the East Lothian archives last week and is the oldest document in the collections. It is now on display at the John Gray Centre until Wednesday 5 December.

East Lothian's Records Manager, Alex Fitzgerald, explained:

"In recognition of the need to strengthen the country's economy burghs and royal burghs were granted exclusive trading rights and privileges to help boost trade and raise revenue from taxes. On 6 December 1318, King Robert 1 issued a charter to the burgh of Haddington re-affirming the exclusive rights of the burgesses in the wool and cloth trade, in access to supplies of local timer and in the use of common pasture.

"The charter was passed by the Parliament that met in Scone and the text was written in Latin. A full translation can be read next to the original charter which is on display in the museum reception on the 1st floor of the John Gray Centre. It is truly amazing that it has survived 700 years in such good shape and we felt it appropriate to be on display during East Lothian's Saltire celebrations."

The John Gray Centre is open 7 days.