Wallyford is a village near Musselburgh and approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Edinburgh in East Lothian, Scotland.[1]

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St Clements and St Ninians Church, Wallyford
Wallyford is located in East Lothian
Wallyford is located in Scotland
Location within Scotland
Population2,431 (2001 census)
OS grid referenceNT368722
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH21
Dialling code0131
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°56′17″N 3°00′42″W / 55.9381°N 3.0117°W / 55.9381; -3.0117Coordinates: 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


The village was initially populated by coal miners 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.

There has been a major investment in the area which has resulted in the building of many private homes. Excavation is now underway for further expansion of the village to create a new town centre, school and housing.

The village is overlooked by the restored Fa'side Castle which was destroyed by the English after the Battle of Pinkie in 1546. In 2016, construction begin to regenerate the village. A new, replacement Primary School was completed in February 2019. 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.


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

It has a primary/nursery school, playgroup, community centre, churches, library[2], post office, Miners' social club.

Famous ResidentsEdit

Sir William Binning of Wallyford (1627-1711) Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1675-77.

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.

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.[3]

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Wallyford from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/directory_record/254288/wallyford_library
  3. ^ Push Interactive. "Park Sr., Willie". www.worldgolfhalloffame.org. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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