1100s - the first church was built at
1134 - the title Earl of Dunbar was awarded
to Gospatric II, head of a powerful family in
the area, so he could control the area for the
1296 - the Battle of
Dunbar took place during the First War of
Scottish Independence, with the English
capturing Dunbar Castle.
1328 - the First War of Scottish
Independence was over with the Scots winning
1370 - Dunbar became a Royal Burgh, leading
to the town expanding.
1567 - Dunbar Castle was ruined by order of
the Scottish Parliament after the Battle of Carberry
Hill where Mary Queen of Scots was forced
to abdicate. Her husband, the Earl of Bothwell,
escaped the battle to Dunbar Castle, leading to
the destruction of the Castle.
1650 - the second Battle of
Dunbar was fought during the Wars of the Three
Kingdoms between the Scottish Covenanters
backing the Stuart Kings, and English
Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell. This
was a major battle with the Scots defeated,
leading to the occupation of Scotland and
Parliament ruling the countries.
1660 - the Stuart Kings were restored to the
throne of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
1821 - the new Dunbar Parish Church was
1855 - the completion of Castle Park
Barracks led to a permanent military
presence in the town.
1856 - Dunbar Golf Club was founded on the
south side of Dunbar.
1880s - Dunbar became popular as a a seaside
holiday town and golf resort.
1935 - Winterfield Golf Club was founded on
the north side of Dunbar.
1983 - Dunbar began hosting an outdoor Pipe
Band competition that has now became extremely
popular on the second Saturday in May.
1987 - a fire destroyed much of the Parish
Church interior, including a monument to the
Earl of Dunbar. The church was rebuilt with a
Today, Dunbar is expanding with many new
homes built for commuters to Edinburgh.