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SITUATED beneath the Garleton Hills within an S-bend of the little River Tyne, Haddington is now the administrative centre for East Lothian but has been a Royal Burgh since the reign of David I. Like many places between Edinburgh and Berwick, Haddington has Anglo-Saxon origins and its name is thought to derive from an Anglo-Saxon chief called Haden. The village of Athelstaneford, a few miles to the North East is reputedly named after the ninth century Anglo-Saxon King of England Athelstan, who is said to have fought in a battle here against Hungus, King of the Picts. During the battle, the Picts are said to have been inspired by the appearance of the cross of St Andrew in the sky and subsequently adopted the cross as the flag of Scotland.