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Elphinstone is a village
Village
A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand , Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the West Village in Manhattan, New...

 in East Lothian
East Lothian
East Lothian is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and a lieutenancy Area. It borders the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Midlothian. Its administrative centre is Haddington, although its largest town is Musselburgh....

, Scotland
Scotland
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

, UK.
It lies two miles south-west of Tranent
Tranent
Tranent is a town in East Lothian, Scotland. It is close to the A1 road and approximately east of Edinburgh. It is one of the oldest towns in East Lothian, and built on a gentle slope, about 300 feet above sea level.Population of the town is 9,917....

 on the B6414, and one mile north-west of Ormiston
Ormiston
Ormiston is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, UK, near Tranent, Humbie, Pencaitland and Cranston, located on the north bank of the River Tyne at an elevation of about 276 ft....

.

Half a mile west of the village, Elphinstone Tower, built in the 13th to 15th century, is a former five-storey tower, now a ruin, with only the lower level remaining. The Elphinstone clan held the lands of Elphinstone in Lothian
Lothian
Lothian forms a traditional region of Scotland, lying between the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and the Lammermuir Hills....

 of which Sir Alexander Seton of that Ilk was Lord:
Alexander de Elphinstone, died ca. 1290;
John Elphinstone, knight;
Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk;
William Elphinstone;
William of Elphinstone of that Ilk, knight;
Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk, killed in battle 1436;
Henry Elphinstone of Pittendreich.....

Elphinstone Colliery was formerly the main employer; now Inveresk Research International is one of the main employers in the area. Elphinstone Tower Farm produces cereal crops.

The population has been declining, but the village still has basic amenities, including a Primary School, community centre, shop/post office, inn and bowling club.

The Protestant reformer George Wishart
George Wishart
George Wishart was a Scottish religious reformer and Protestant martyr.He belonged to a younger branch of the Wisharts of Pitarrow near Montrose. He may have graduated M.A., probably at King's College, Aberdeen, and was certainly a student at the University of Leuven, from which he graduated in 1531...

 was brought to Elphinstone by Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell
Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell
Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell , was the son of Adam Hepburn, Lord Hailes, who died at the Battle of Flodden the year after Patrick's birth.Hepburn was known as the Fair Earl...

 en route to St Andrews
St Andrews
St Andrews is a university town and former royal burgh on the east coast of Fife in Scotland. The town is named after Saint Andrew the Apostle.St Andrews has a population of 16,680, making this the fifth largest settlement in Fife....

where he was tried and burnt at the stake.

Elphinstone is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, UK. It lies two miles south-west of Tranent on the B6414, and one mile north-west of Ormiston.
Half a mile west of the village, Elphinstone Tower, built in the 13th to 15th century, is a former five-storey tower, now a ruin, with only the lower level remaining. The Elphinstone clan held the lands of Elphinstone in Lothian of which Sir Alexander Seton of that Ilk was Lord: Alexander de Elphinstone, died ca. 1290; John Elphinstone, knight; Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk; William Elphinstone; William of Elphinstone of that Ilk, knight; Alexander Elphinstone of that Ilk, killed in battle 1436; Henry Elphinstone of Pittendreich.....
Elphinstone Colliery was formerly the main employer; now Inveresk Research International is one of the main employers in the area. Elphinstone Tower Farm produces cereal crops.
The population has been declining, but the village still has basic amenities, including a Primary School, community centre, shop/post office, inn and bowling club.
The Protestant reformer George Wishart was brought to Elphinstone by Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell en route to St Andrews where he was tried and burnt at the stake.
A common myth about a witch called Meg is the naming for the village. Meg had servants who were Elfs and she was cruel to them. One day she went day to the burn in between Elphinstone and Orminston and ate in her carriage, telling her servants not to disturb her. One elf broke into her carriage once she had fell asleep and stole some of her left overs, Meg, however, awoke and caught him. She took him back to Elphinstone and trapped in her stone or "Meg's chuck". Hence the name Elph (elf) in stone.

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