Bathgate is a burgh in West Lothian that
has a unique place in Scotland's fascinating history.
In 1987, Westlothiana
Lizzae, the world's oldest known reptile fossil was discovered
in Bathgate. The fossil itself today has a home in The Museum of Scotland.
The historic significance of this pleasant burgh is
more than the life of Lizzie serveral million years ago - the infamous
Stewart Dynasty is believed to have originated in Bathgate Castle.
Several battles and centuries later, Bathgate continued to make a name
James Simpson, the pioneer of chloroform was born in the town
in 1811. The medical importance of his work is still worthy of note. Some
forty years later, further developments were underway - James
Young was hard at work investigating the properties of oil. Pioneering
Parrafin made Bathgate the home of the world's first commercially
Bathgate continues to be an important Scottish burgh,
both in it's own right and as a home for many of Edinburgh's workforce.
The burgh is thriving, with a fascinating history, and should be included
in any visit to the Lothians.
Make sure you visit Bennie's Museum, home to
over five thousand local artefacts.
Essential reading from .
Geoffrey Bailey is a man in search of a new job and a
new life. Then City shipowners, Strode & Company, make him a curious offer.
Bailey has to find Peter Strode, the family blacksheep, and make sure
he returns to the fold. [ISBN 0330342290 / Pages: / Paperback]
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