Category Archives: History

Invitation to meeting 6th June – Garvald’s heritage – church and memories


Garvald Village Hall, WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.30 pm until 9 pm

  • Information about an exciting oral history project and the chance to get involved
  • Return visit from John Gray Centre archivist with new photograph collection
  • Update on plans for restoration of Garvald Church (including 1960s film footage of the Church)
  • Launch of a new Community Group and an opportunity to share your ideas


history project poster wednesday 6th june, 7.30-9pm


WW1 Centenary Poppy Project

2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. Many communities throughout the country are responding with a project to decorate their War Memorials, graveyards and Churches with knitted poppies. We would like to do the same in Garvald and we are calling on all knitters, crochet-meisters, and crafts-people to help produce a large number of poppies. Janet Winter at 5 Burnside Court has a ball of red wool and a small amount of black for the excellent price of £1.50 and she will oversee the collection of the poppies. A knitting pattern is attached here. Crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.


Time to dust off those knitting needles and crochet hooks and rediscover a forgotten skill.

Watch this space for news of a knitting bee in The Stables later in the year!

Garvald History Book

Following the successful local history night last summer, organised by the John Grey Centre Archives Department, local resident Tim Flinn suggested that Irene Anderson‘s book ‘Garvald, the history of an East Lothian Parish‘ could be digitised for archiving purposes and perhaps reformatted to make it easier to read. Heidi Ingram agreed this was a great idea, as there are few surviving copies of the printed book and the text may be of interest to village residents who haven’t seen it before. Due to the tiny print in the original book not being great for word scanning software, she dictated the work into digital format and scanned in Irene’s illustrations. She used these to produce a revised and updated second edition, including recent local projects and information from the 2011 Census. This edition has been published in her memory, knowing that she would have been delighted that her extensive and important research lives on and has been archived for posterity. Her sister has been sent information about the project. It is formatted primarily for online reading (but has been set to A5 page size so that it could be printed with two pages per A4 sheet). It can be found on the History of Garvald page.

Garvald School

Received a message from Bill Anderson which may be of interest to you all… Hoping he’ll send on some more historical photos to go on the website Gallery.

Hi there,
I have just found your web site and thought I would get in touch, our dad was John Anderson who was headmaster of the two teacher Garvald Primary through the 1950’s until the late 1960’s, when we moved to Rosewell. I was brought up in Garvald at the school house from 1953 until 1968 and it was a wonderful place to grow up in at that time of innocence. Sadly our dad passed away in September 2015 at the grand age of 96 and my twin brother may have some photos of Garvald school that may be of interest to you.

Family history info for Roslyn Lang?

My name is Roslyn Lang, my Grandmother was Mary Gray, her Parents were Robert & Margaret Gray and she lived in Garvald till approx. 1908. She travelled to Sydney, Aust. and later met and married Robert Scott Stewart, who was from Helensburgh, Scotland. They had one child, my father, who was also Robert Scott Stewart. If anyone has any information about Mary Gray I would appreciate it. I would like to know her family’s address in Garvald if that is possible. I intend to come back to Garvald again & would like to know where she lived.

Thanking you, Roslyn Lang

Laing family history message from Lynn Samuels

A message from Lynn Samuels of New Zealand:

Hi, I remember coming out to the farm where my Uncle Johnny and Auntie Cath Laing were living. Uncle Johnny was Grieve for the Youngers, followed by his son John, married to May. It would be great if members of the family wanted to get in contact. I have a Highland cattle fold in Dunedin New Zealand and would love to hear from anyone that wants to get in touch.

Best wishes, Lynn.