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 non-burghal part of the lands of Belhaven and nearby West Barns belonged to a cadet branch of the famous Lauder family of the Bass, who were often designated the Lauders of Belhaven. Sir Robert Lauder of Beilmouth (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 and 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.
In 1806 a spinning mill was erected at Belhaven but closed after a relatively short time of operations. In 1815 a factory for cotton goods was established in the former artillery barracks opposite Winterfield Park, which had been purchased from the government. It gave employment to 250 looms and 550 people, many of whom were Irish immigrants. This industry also closed following the collapse of the East Lothian Bank (1823).
The brewery produces the well known Belhaven Best ale. Several other beers are produced by the brewery which are sold widely throughout Scotland and exported to the USA.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2005.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Miller, James, The History of Dunbar, Dunbar, 1830, pps: 261-2.
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