Livingston was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1962. Nearly 1,000 years earlier, the kings of Scotland chose this sheltered valley as the site for a royal hunting lodge, with game ranging from large red deer to wild boar and hare, hunted by kings and noblemen, with hawk and hound. The royal hunting lodge is recalled by the name ‘Newyearfield’, where it once stood. This unusual place name is a reminder that Scotland’s early medieval monarchs chose to enjoy the first hunt of the year in Livingston. In those far off days, the Scottish new year was celebrated on 1 April.
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