Custom Stone, George Hotel, Haddington.
The Custom Stone can be found in a small public garden to the
west of the George Hotel, in the town centre of Haddington. The
stone is dark in colour and of a well rounded rectangular shape,
measuring 0.90m long by 0.40m wide and 0.30m high. The stone
formerly stood in the High Street, where a circular formation of
cobble stones marks the site. It was removed to its present site
a few years ago.
Haddington is just off the A1(T) to the east of Edinburgh and the
George Hotel is to the west end of the town centre. This site is
not indicated on Ordnance Survey maps.
In the town centre and surrounding streets.
A small plaque stand beside the Custom Stone, displaying
the following text:
"Custom Stone of Haddington
This ancient stone was for centuries
the seat of the Jacksman when petty
customs were levied in the burgh."
I was of two minds about including this stone in the database or
not. It's certainly no megalith but it does have a history and
has been preserved when many stones have vanished over the
years. Yes, it does deserve a place.