Ormiston Village
From a map surveyed in 1799.

  The word Ormiston is derived from a half mythical Saxon settler called Orm. The family Orme having possession of the land during the twelve and thirteenth centuries, hence the name of Ormiston. Ormiston or Ormistoun as it was formerly called is not an uncommon surname. The latter part of the name formally spelled "toun," is likely to descend from its Scottish meaning as farmstead or farm and outbuildings, rather than the meaning town. Ormiston itself stands on the north bank of the River Tyne, at an elevation of about 276 ft. consisting chiefly of a broad open straight Main Street with a row of double story houses along each side.

The road now snakes through the village and crosses two bridges, one over the now obsolete railway route and the other narrow bridge is located over the river. Located south of Tranent. Scotland's first planned village, Ormiston, was built in 1735 on the model of an English village by one of the initiators of the Agricultural Revolution, John Cockburn of Ormiston (1685-1758). Using strict guidelines for its appearance he put housing for artisans and cottage industries (spinning and weaving) around the original mill hamlet. When he did not achieve the expected return on his investment he sold it to the Earl of Hopetoun in 1747. The linen trade became a failure and by 1811 the distillery shut down. A brewery and one of Scotland's first bleachfields for linen processing were also built here as well. Ormiston later became a coal mining village.

Manse (residence for minister of Ormiston Kirk) about 1918.

  Ormiston Hall was built for Cockburn (1745-48) and was later enlarged for the Earl of Hopetoun. The remains of the pre-Reformation St Giles Parish Church can still be seen. The 15th-century pre-Reformation Mercat (market) Cross, unusual for its truly cruciform shape is situated in the village Main Street. There is a monument to the missionary Robert Moffat who was born here. The reforming preacher George Wishart, companion of John Knox, was captured by the Earl of Bothwell while hiding at Ormiston Hall in 1545.  
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