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twice within recent years the building has had to be enlarged; and again the great complaint is the want of room.
The playground in connection with the school is at least second to none in the county; and all the teaching being done on the ground floor gives the school one great advantage over many others. Indeed, so highly satisfactory are its equipments all over, that His Majesty's Inspector of Schools some time ago recommended Newbattle School Board to examine the plan of Prestonpans school with a view to constructing one of theirs on a similar system.
The teaching staff at present is: —Mr James Wallace, headmaster; Mr Adam Prentice, M. A., classical master; Mr William White, first assistant; and Miss Jessie M'Walter, mistress of the infant department. Other certificated teachers: —Misses Hunter, Massie, Crighton, Wells, and M. Hunter. Besides these, there is a large staff of ex-pupil and pupil teachers connected with the school.
Among those who had a successful career at school, and have since distinguished themselves, may be mentioned: —Dr George Mathieson, Doune, Perthshire; Dr Andrew Wallace, Coldstream, Berwickshire; Mr John Hunter, M. A., Crosshouse, Ayrshire; Mr William Borland, M. A., Perth Academy; Mr J. G. Wallace, Dalziel High School, Motherwell; Messrs John W. Wood, John M'Cairn, Joseph M. Hunter, and others too numerous to mention.

Next to the mining trade, the great industry of the parish is undoubtedly " market gardening. " Indeed, during certain months of the year, in so far as railway traffic is concerned, the latter for some years past has put the former somewhat in the shade.
In Prestonpans proper there are some five firms engaged in this industry. Of these, to Mr J. B. Taylor, though his headquarters are localised at Scion West Mains, we assign, and not without good reason, the preference of first mention in these notes. A Mr John Taylor, granduncle to Mr J. B. Taylor, flourished in Prestonpans about the beginning of the departed century. He was recognised as one of the foremost landscape gardeners of his day, and to him, we understand, belongs the honour of having laid out not only most of the old orchards in the village, but many other large gardens in the neighbourhood. This landscape gardener, while yet comparatively young, set out for Ceylon, where he became a tea planter, and had a most successful career. The family, though successful in the farming line, have never, we believe, throughout all these years ceased to keep up their market gardening connection with Prestonpans. Besides other lands in the village, Mr Taylor cultivates two fields in connection with Watson's Trust.

The name of Sibbald in connection with this industry in the parish is now at least half a century old. The father, we believe, hailed from the Longniddry district. Mr William, assisted by his brother Thomas, has been long at the head of affairs. He has, besides the Glebe, a good slice of Schaw's Trust lands under cultivation, and adheres rigidly to market gardening.

This family have for a long period been known to the trade here, and of late have been extending their boundaries to such an extent that we believe they now have more acreage under cultivation in this line than any other firm in the village. Like the Sibbalds, they adhere very firmly to their own line of business.

This firm has been long and very widely known in other and very dissimilar branches of business to market gardening, and yet success in every branch continues to follow them all along the route.

We do not set Mr Meek last on the list because we think he does not deserve a foremost place, quite the opposite; for independently of his success as a market gardener, not only does he own a feu and dwelling-house bearing the name of the original hamlet, but strange to say, he happens to be the only successor in the earliest business we have any authentic information of being established in the village—the manufacture of salt.
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