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Dunbar gained a reputation as a seaside holiday and golfing resort in the nineteenth century, the "bright and breezy burgh" famous for its "bracing air".Since 1983, the town has played host to the first outdoor Pipe Band competition of the season in Scotland.The competition, now held at Hallhill Sports Centre on the second Saturday in May, attracts in the region of 70–80 entries from bands across Scotland and over 2,000 visitors for the day.The local band, Dunbar Royal British Legion Pipe Band, has competed with considerable success over the years.The town became successively a baronial burgh and royal burgh (1370) and grew slowly under the shadow of the great Castle of the Earls.Scotland and England contended often for control of the castle and the town.On Saturday 3 January 1987, a devastating fire destroyed much of the town's historic parish church.

Dunbar is the birthplace of the explorer, naturalist and influential conservationist John Muir.The former was "impregnable" and withstood many sieges; the latter was burnt, frequently.The castle had been slighted (deliberately ruined) in 1568 but the town flourished as an agricultural centre and fishing port despite tempestuous times in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. The second Battle of Dunbar (1650) was fought during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms between a Scottish Covenanter army and English Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell.) is a coastal town in East Lothian on the south-east coast of Scotland, approximately 28 miles (45 km) east of Edinburgh and 28 miles (45 km) from the English border north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.Dunbar is a former royal burgh, and gave its name to an ecclesiastical and civil parish.

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