Cockenzie and Port Seton

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Cockenzie and Port Seton
Scottish Gaelic: Cùil Choinnich
Scots: Cockennie
Cockenzie and Port Seton Millennium Garden
Cockenzie and Port Seton is located in East Lothian
Cockenzie and Port Seton
Cockenzie and Port Seton
 Cockenzie and Port Seton shown within East Lothian
OS grid reference NT399755
Civil parish Tranent
Council area East Lothian
Lieutenancy area East Lothian
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Prestonpans
Postcode district EH32
Dialling code 01875
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Lothian
Scottish Parliament East Lothian
List of places

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Cockenzie and Port Seton (Scots: Cockennie [1] [koˈkɪni]; Scottish Gaelic: Cùil Choinnich, meaning "cove of Kenneth")[2] is a unified town in East Lothian, Scotland. It is on the coast of the Firth of Forth, four miles north-east of Musselburgh. The burgh of Cockenzie was created in 1591 by James VI of Scotland. Port Seton harbour was built by George Seton, 11th Lord Seton between 1655 and 1665.

The town has a population of 4,493 as of 2001.[3] Since the last Census in 2001, there have been many new houses built. The population is now about 5,460. Cockenzie and Port Seton has continued to grow over the years and is now a dormitory town for Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

Power station

To the west of the town, between Cockenzie and Prestonpans is the site of Cockenzie power station, a large coal-fired power station which was a major employer from the 1960s until it closed in 2013, and enabled the town to survive and prosper. Demolition of the plant is currently underway, and is expected to take around 18 months.[4] Plans for an Energy Park on the site, to be used for the construction and repair of wind turbines, were scrapped in March 2015.[5]


Cockenzie and Port Seton has grown from what were initially two small fishing villages. The older parts of the town, between the two harbours, retain a more traditional feel and look, similar to many other small fishing villages on the east coast of Scotland. Although the fishing industry has declined in recent years the harbour at Port Seton still retains a small fleet of vessels, mainly fishing for prawns. In the past Cockenzie was also involved in the salt making and coal mining industries.[6]


To the east of Port Seton there is a large caravan campsite/holiday park at Seton Sands. The promenade area and the creation of a coastal walk, a part of the John Muir Way, have improved the environment in recent years.[6]

To the south east is Seton Collegiate Church, a collegiate church also known as Seton Chapel, an Ancient Monument in the care of Historic Scotland. Next to it was Seton Palace, now Seton House.


Cockenzie and Port Seton are served by direct bus links to and from Edinburgh, Prestonpans and Musselburgh, services operated by Lothian Buses (routes 26 and X26). The nearest railway station is at Prestonpans.


Cockenzie and Port Seton have several churches of different denominations, including:


In 2006, Cockenzie and Port Seton along with the neighbouring towns of Prestonpans and Longniddry were twinned with the town of Barga, Tuscany, Italy.[7]

Five years ago,[needs update] the Three Harbours Festival was inaugurated by Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans. It takes place in early June.

The town has a community centre with activities such as a youth club, football pitches and a skatepark within the grounds.

Notable people

See also


  1. The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. Cockenzie and Port Seton East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:,1094,113,00.html
  3. 2001 Census - Cockenzie and Port Seton(PDF). East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:
  4. "Cockenzie Power station demolition gets under way - Edinburgh Evening News". 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2015-11-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Cockenzie Energy Park plans scrapped (From East Lothian Courier)". 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-11-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:,1094,113,00.html
  7. Prestonpans: Battles of the '45

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