Roy Pugh is the author of several publications largely dealing with the history of Scotland. Born in 1941 in Dunbar, he was educated at the local Dunbar Grammar School before commencing employment with the civil Service. Working in several government departments in Scotland including; The Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, Department of Work & Pensions, General Post Office and the Secretary of States former Scottish Office at St Andrews House.

Roy has also conducted much work for local organisations including;  East Lothian Council, Dunbar Harbour Trust, The Dunbar Community Council, Town House Museum and Dunbar Trades Association. His works regularly appears in East lothian Life (the award winning countryside publication) and the Toun Cryer.

Roy Pugh has more recently also provided tours around his hometown for locals and visitors during the summer season, these tours in conjuction with the Dunbar Trades Association have proved to give a great experience to the many people who love to discover the rich history here in Dunbar.

History Writing

  • Dunbar Closes History written for Dunbar Trades Association website and leaflet publication.
  • Publishing occasional articles on historical subjects in East Lothian for East Lothian Life magazine. Articles for the bi-monthly Toun Cryer magazine

Talks & TV

  • Tour guide for the National Trust for Scotland, Culross Palace, Fife (2001)
  • Museum Assistant, East Lothian Council Museums and Library Service, Dunbar Town House (2002-2005) followed by several years as a volunteer at the museum with Dunbar & District History Society
  • Appearances on BBC’ Reporting Scotland and STV’s evening news on witches. Also brief talk on Radio Scotland on witches.
  • Talk at the National Library of Scotland May-fest programme (2008) on the witches of Scotland
  • Periodic talks to history societies in East Lothian, Berwickshire and Fife on the witch-hunt in these areas.
  • Foot tours (seasonal) in Dunbar High Street and the harbour area. ‘Close Encounters’ will resume in Easter 2015 throughout the season. Contact Dunbar Trades’ Association for details.


  • Recording grave monument inscriptions and transcribing mort cloth records, Dunbar Parish Church for Dunbar & District History Society (2002-2010). Published on CD and available from the Society, Town House Museum, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian
  • Transcribing Spott Burial records for the Scottish Genealogical Society, Edinburgh
  • Transcribing poor law case records for the John Gray Centre Haddington’s Poor Law Survey (Dunbar) from 1802 to 1930.
  • Research on historical aspects of the harbours at Dunbar for Dunbar Harbour Trust (on-going)
  • Research on the High Street closes in Dunbar for East Lothian Council Museum Service (booklet in preparation by the Council)
     Commissions  Roy is available to assist (fee negotiable) with any research, conduct talks, tours or TV appearances predominantly on the subjects of:
  • Historical research on most Scottish topics but chiefly south-east Scotland.
  • Being an Author in a rapidly modernising world
  • The art of good research.

 Please contact Roy directly with your enquiry

History Narration (Video & Audio)