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For dating in Edinburgh and finding love in the Lothians, Lothian Love helps thousands of Edinburgh singles
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lothian love back in 2009

Lothian Love - back in 2007

Lothian Love - a potted history

Edinburgh dating specialist agency Lothian Love was established in 2007 when its founders Alan and Alison - themselves looking for an Edinburgh dating service - realised that there was no locally based internet dating agency for Edinburgh and the Lothians. And because there was no locally based dating service - there was no company with the detailed knowledge of the unique Edinburgh dating market.

This need came to a head when Alan was using a site operating as a Lothian specialist that had a supposedly useful page describing all the dating facilities in Edinburgh, the parks, pubs and romantic walks - only the thing was that this page was all about Glasgow. Like every single Edinburgh dating site - it was based in England, with a seperate little website for every town in the UK.

Lothian Love was formed because Alan and Alison felt strongly that Edinburgh needed it's own home-grown dating service, run in Edinburgh by people from Edinburgh who knew and loved Edinburgh.

At first Lothian Love was a very small affair - a simple on-line site, some adverts in the "yellow paper" and a few dating events at hotels and bars in and around Edinburgh - but due to their attention to quality service, membership grew from a few hundered, to a thousand to several thousand. As the business grew rapidly it soon became obvious that Alan and Alison would need outside help and in 2009, they joined forces with a national service provider Global Personals. This meant they could spend their time organising the dating events that they love, while the day to day running of the website could be managed by an experienced team. For members it also meant a massively increased members database and some incredible additional facilities and functions.

Lothian Love was given its fourth major revamp in December 2010 - and is getting even more added functionality for Spring 2011 - watch this space!

Lothian Love in 2008

"Fascinating" Lothian facts

Lothian ( also Lowden in Scots or Lodainn in Gaelic) forms a region of Scotland that lies between the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and the Lammermuir Hills. It consists of the City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Mid Lothian and East Lothian. The principal settlement in Lothian is the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Major towns include Livingston, Linlithgow, Bathgate and Haddington.

Historically, the term Lothian was used for a province covering the current area plus some of the Scottish Borders region. The name is related to the legendary British King Loth or Lot. In the 7th century it came under the control of the northern part of the Angle Kingdom of Northumbria for a time, but Anglian grip on Lothian was quickly weakened following the battle of Nechtansmere in which they were defeated by the Picts. Lothian's distinction from Northumbria is indicated in the survival of its original Brythonic Celtic name, used even by English Chroniclers. In 1018 Lothian was annexed by the Kingdom of Scotland.

Later in Scottish history Lothian was subdivided into the shires of what are now West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian leading to the phrase "the Lothians". These were known by the names of "Linlithgowshire", "Edinburghshire" and "Haddingtonshire".

The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 abolished the counties and burghs as local government units, replacing them with Regions and Districts with Lothian Regional Council taking over responsibility in May 1975.

The Region was responsible for education, social work, water, sewerage, transport (including local buses within Edinburgh). Certain services provided by joint boards with neighbouring Borders Regional Council - notably for Lothian & Borders Police and the Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade. These joint authorities continue.

The two-tier system of local government was ended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994, resulting in the abolition of Lothian Regional Council, and its replacement by a unitary system of local government. The former District Council areas of West Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian were used as the basis for the new Councils. The last convener of Lothian Regional Council was Eric Milligan, who later served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Lothian Regional Council also organised a series of lectures known as the Lothian Lectures, a notable speaker was Mikhail Gorbachev.

The name lived on in the LRT, or Lothian Regional Transport, bus company, known as Lothian Buses from 2000, the NHS Lothian trust -

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