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Earliest meeting: Thursday 20th April 1826
Final meeting: Saturday 31st July 1869
The East Lothian town of Haddington is the administrative centre of the county. Back in the 19th century the town hosted a series of race meetings administered by the East Yeomanry Hunt Group. The earliest recorded meeting was staged on Thursday 20th April 1826 on Gullane Links. Races continued annually, with the meeting often held at a number of venues, and on occasions more frequently than once a year. On Wednesday 13th April 1864 the chosen course was at Garleton Hills, 1 ½ miles north of Haddington, when the Linlithgow & Stirlingshire Hunt Sweepstakes was won by Major McBarnet’s King Dan. The same course was used the next year on Saturday 13th May when the Open Hunt Cup went to Tam Glen for Mr J Elliot.  In 1869 there were meetings by the East Lothian Yeomanry at Dunbar on 17th July and a further meeting for the Mid-Lothian Yeomanry at Musselburgh on Saturday 31st July 1869. After the National Hunt Committee introduced new rules in 1870 the East Lothian meetings continued as Hunt meetings.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Earl of Haddington, Marquis of Tweeddale

Principal Races Haddington Troop Cup, Berwickshire Troop Cup

Saturday 16th August 1856
Berwickshire Troop Cup over 1 mile
1. Paddy, brown gelding owned by Mr Bellaney
2. Cooper-o-Fogo, 4 year old owned by Mr Rae
3. Orion, 4 year old owned by Mr Calder

The final meeting took place on Saturday 31st July 1869.
Course today On the Gullane Links and in 1864-65 at Garleton Hills.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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