BILSDEAN, a hamlet, in the parish of Oldham-Stocks, county of Haddington, 2½ miles (N. E.) from Oldhamstocks; containing 59 inhabitants. It is seated on the sea-shore, and is chiefly inhabited by fishermen, whose principal employment is taking lobsters for the supply of the London market. Various other kinds of fish are also caught, the most common being turbot, cod, haddock, and herrings. Several boats belong to the creek, carrying four men each. The Dunbar and Berwick road, and the North-British railway, pass here.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis