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Ormiston is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, UK, near Tranent,
Humbie, Pencaitland and Cranston, located on the north bank of the
River Tyne at an elevation of about 276 ft. The village was the
first planned village in Scotland, founded in 1735 by John Cockburn
(1685-1758), one of the initiators of the Agricultural Revolution.
The word Ormiston is derived from a half mythical Anglian settler
called Ormr, meaning 'serpent' or 'snake'. 'Ormres' family had
possession of the land during the 12th and 13th centuries. Ormiston
or 'Ormistoun' is not an uncommon surname, and Ormr also survives
in some English placenames such as Ormskirk and Ormesby. The latter
part of the name, formerly spelt 'toun', is likely to descend from
its Northumbrian Old English and later Scots meaning as 'farmstead'
or 'farm and outbuildings' rather than the meaning 'town'.
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