Later it was the site of an Iron Age fort, where Castle Park is today, which perhaps led to it receiving its name, which means ‘summit fort’
The first written mention of Dunbar, or Dynbaer, was in around 680 AD, when it was part of Northumberland, and it didn't become part of Scotland until Lothian was ceded to Malcolm II after the battle of Carham in 1018.
The town became a royal burgh in 1370 and slowly grew in size in the shadow of the great Castle of the Earls, which was regularly fought over by the Scottish and English armies – as was Dunbar.
After surviving several sieges, the castle was ruined in 1568 but the town flourished as a centre for agriculture and fishing, even as turbulent times raged around it during the 17th and early 18th
In more recent times the town has become home to many people who work in Edinburgh, which is just 30 miles away, leading to the population soaring from around 3,500 in the 1960s to nearly 10,000 people today – with more houses being built every year.
Here are 27 pictures to take you back to the Dunbar of the 1960s.
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