Broomhouse is a district of Edinburgh, Scotland. Although on the lands of Old Saughton, its name is adopted from an estate, located to the north of the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway line; the earliest recorded versions of the name were variations on Brumhous. It comprises a low-rise council housing estate built between 1947 and 1950, it borders on Parkhead and Saughton Mains. The Glasgow railway passes to the north but there is no station; the arterial route of Calder Road passes to the south. There are a community centre, two Church congregations and a counselling centre here. Medical and library facilities are in nearby Corstorphine. Saughton House is a large Government building, built in the 1950s, fronting on Broomhouse Drive and houses the Scottish Executive, HM Revenue and Customs and Vehicle Licensing Agency, a number of other government offices. Parallel to Broomhouse Drive was Scotland's first bus guideway opened in 2004 and was 1.5km of two-lane dedicated guided busway, the longest section of continuous bus guideway in the UK.
Subsequently, it has been converted as part of the Edinburgh Trams route with Saughton tram stop at the eastern end of Broomhouse Drive. St. David's website The BIG Project St. Joseph's R. C. Church website Sighthill and Parkhead Community Council
Cammo is a north-western suburb of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It is south of A90, at the edge of the city 6 miles from the city centre; the name could have originated either in Scottish Gaelic or Cumbric. In the former case it would be an adjectival form of Gaelic cambas'bay. Creek'; this element would refer to a bend of the river in this context, as Cammo is inland. To the west of the housing area there is the former estate of Cammo House; the house was built for John Menzies in 1693, the surrounding parkland was laid out between 1710-26 by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik. In 1741, the estate passed to the Watsons of Saughton; the house was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1975 but, in 1977, the house was torched twice by vandals. The house was reduced to its external ground floor walls. In 1980 the City of Edinburgh Council declared it a Wilderness Park; the Council now operates a ranger service. Cammo is thought to have been the inspiration for the "House of Shaws" in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped.
Cammo Tower is a 19th-century water tower for Cammo House. Other remains include the ruined stable block, a formal canal, a bridge, the lodge which now houses a small visitor centre; the grounds are now used by people for walking in, although other sections remain as farmland, used for cattle grazing. Alexander Charles Stephen zoologist lived at 17 Cammo Crescent Baillie, Simon J; the private world of Cammo Bell, Raymond MacKean Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh, Leamington Books, Edinburgh 2017 Cant, Villages of Edinburgh volumes 1 & 2, John Donald Publishers Ltd. Edinburgh, 1986-1987. ISBN 0-85976-131-2 & ISBN 0-85976-186-X Cowper, Alexandra Stewart Corstorphine Village, 1891, Edinburgh University Extra-Mural Association Dey, W. G. Corstorphine: A Pictorial History of a Midlothian Village, Mainstream Publishing ISBN 1851583661 Harris, Stuart; the Place Names of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing. P. 144. ISBN 0-903065-83-5. Sherman, Robin Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine Cammo Estate Park https://www.friendsofcammo.org
Bonnington is a district of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The area centres upon an original village which grew up around a ford on the Water of Leith on the old boundary between Edinburgh and the port of Leith. Before the creation of Leith Walk the road via the villages of Broughton and Bonnington, or Wester Road as it appears on some old maps, was one of two roads connecting Edinburgh to Leith; the district lies between the districts of Newhaven. The land and mills of Bonnytoun formed part of the Barony of Broughton mentioned in King David I’s confirmation charter to the Abbey of Holyrood in 1143. Like the nearby village of Canonmills, Bonnington was a milling village making use of the river’s water-power; the village suffered in 1544 when the Earl of Hertford’s army passed through on its way to attack Edinburgh and again in 1547 after the Scottish defeat in the Battle of Pinkie, both events in the period of conflict known as the Rough Wooing. In 1617 the land and mills were sold to the Town Council of Edinburgh by the landowners, the Logans of Restalrig.
At the Council’s invitation, a Dutchman Jeromias van der Heill was installed in 1621 as a dyer to teach his craft locally. The house built for him, named Bonnyhaugh by a occupant, still stands; when the mill buildings were demolished in the face of local protests in the 1980s, the house was saved and converted into private apartments. The low cottage at its side was the original dying room and became a blacksmith’s smiddy. A waterwheel of the ‘undershot’ type, from the Bonnington Mills, has been saved and in the 1980s was moved to a new position on the site of the mill lade; the water level in the lade was controlled by a sluice gate at the nearby weir at Redbraes. The water power generated was used to weave cloth, tan leather and manufacture paper. Bonnington Road became a toll road at the end of the 18th century, hence the name Bonnington Toll at the Newhaven Road junction; the old toll house at the Leith end still exists, an abandoned two storey stone house on the edge of the Swanfield Industrial Estate.
A bridge over the ford was built in 1812 and replaced by the present bridge in 1902-03. In 1832, Robert Burns’ skinworks occupied the site of Bonnington Mills; the Burns tenement, built on Newhaven Road to house the tannery workers, was renovated in the 1970s. A stone tablet on the tenement depicts the tools of the tanner's trade. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the area on the north side of Bonnington Road stretching eastwards to Leith became one of mixed types of industrial and retail premises, including a major printer’s works, sugar bond and engineering works; some of these premises have been converted to new uses in recent decades. One of the larger developments in the area from the 1980s is the storage depot of the John Lewis Partnership in Bonnington Road Lane; the former Bonnington Church united with North Leith Parish Church in 1968, with the united congregation thenceforth using the North Leith Parish Church building in Madeira Street, Leith. New housing built along the river bank has changed the face of the area around Bonnington Mills and necessitated work on improving flood defences.
The former Bonnington Primary School reopened on 16 August 2013 as Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce: Edinburgh's first Gaelic Medium School. A core of industries and businesses lay on either side of the Water of Leith; the original Chancelot Mill Dofos dog food factory Powderhall Bronze, a modern foundry The Scottish tachometer centre Dulux Paints Farmer Jacks A huge whisky bond at Anderson Place Pringles Woollen Mills A stone and marble yard The cardboard box factory on Bonnington Road. Graham Street was cleared of traditional tenements in the 1960s to build low-grade industry but by 2000 was rebuilt as housing, including an unusual white block for Port of Leith Housing Association. Whilst industrial uses were protected in the area, recent planning changes have led to residential uses being to take over altogether. Leslie Balfour-Melville Robert Keith H Coghill, Discovering The Water of Leith, John Donald 1988 J M Wallace, Historic Houses Of Edinburgh, John Donald 1987
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RHC Cougars is a rugby union side based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The team has branded itself from being Royal High Corstorphine RFC. Royal High-Corstorphine RFC is an Edinburgh rugby union club, formed from the merger of the Royal High School Former Pupils club and Corstorphine RFC. Although it is in Scottish National League Division Three, its historical connection with RHSFP makes it notable for several reasons, including the fact that it was a founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union, the second oldest national governing body in the world; the club was formed as Corstorphine RFC in 1950. Unlike RHSFP, this club represented the western Edinburgh suburb of Corstorphine rather than a former pupils' club, they played in different variations of red strips. Most in red and blue quarter panels. Union Park has been home to rugby since 1875 when Edinburgh University first used the ground until 1896. Coincidentally Royal High School FP club took up residency in 1897 until 1920 when they moved to Jock's Lodge.
On departure of the Royal High School FP team the Corstorphine Amateur Association was formed in 1920 and included athletics, hockey and rugby for youths residing in the area. The rugby club was disbanded along with the rest of the Athletics association in 1939 with the outbreak of the war and was not reformed until 1950 when former pre-war players Alex Watson and Jock Waugh persuaded John McLean and David Fell to recruit sufficient local players to form a 1st and 2nd XV to play in the Edinburgh District League for junior clubs. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the club prospered winning the aforementioned league on several occasions. Full membership status to the Scottish Rugby Union was granted in 1973 with entry to the Division XI of the newly formed leagues. At its peak 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th XV's along with a Codgers and a large youth section played rugby on the hallowed turf at Union Park; the club achieved high points playing SRU Premiership 2 rugby and SRU Shield semi final with a result coming down to the last play of the game before being beaten by Duns RFC.
The club made national news after defeating Premiership 1 side Kirkcaldy during a SRU cup run, ended in a hard fought and close game against Premiership 2 side West of Scotland. It held the honour of holding the record for the longest running fixture between Scottish and Irish clubs having played against Suttonians RFC from 1955 through to the late 1990s. In more recent times the club continues to maintain a close friendship with Keswick RFC, into its 36th year of reciprocal tours playing for the Corwick Trophy; the merged club continues to use Carrick Knowe. The Royal High School is a school in Edinburgh with origins traceable to the 12th c at the Abbey of Holyrood, subsequently run by the City of Edinburgh; the school gives its name to High School Yards off Infirmary Street, where it was located before moving to the familiar Thos. Hamilton classical Greek building on Calton Hill at Regent Road which it occupied until July 1968, when it moved to new premises at East Barnton Avenue in the western side of Edinburgh near Davidson's Mains.
Coeducation commenced in Sept 1976 and the school remains the Local Authority school for that area to date. The history is documented by Ross in a definitive work, William C. A. Ross, the Royal High School The Royal High School was playing a form of "football" by 1810; the Royal High played the first inter-school match with Merchiston in 1858. The Royal High FP club was formally organised in 1867, was a founder member of the Scottish Football Union in 1873; the RHS Rugby Football Club was formed in 1868. These clubs were pioneered by former and attending pupils, who played their games together. Among the celebrated student founders of cricket and rugby football at the school were Taverner Knott and Nat Watt, who undertook their labours with the encouragement of Thomson Whyte the first master to take a serious interest in sport at the school; the sporting clubs were formally integrated into the school body when, in 1900, at the request of the club captains, two masters undertook the management of cricket and rugby.
RHSFP was much stronger, produced players such as Mark Coxon Morrison, Pringle Fisher. Mark Morrison was capped 1896, went to win twenty three caps. Angus Buchanan of Royal High School FP, was the first person to score a try in international rugby. "Royal High a force in the nineteenth century, have had a similar history. They have continued to produce good players, but good teams, they never looked like establishing themselves. In recent years, the link between school and club has been broken... Royal H. S. F. P. have found difficulty in retaining the best players to come out of the Royal High School. Neither Colin Telfer nor Gordon Hunter played for them, though both worked in Edinburgh. P. L. "Tom" M'Glashan and D. T. McLean. Tom M'Glashan, was being still selected for Scotland in 1954, as the front row of a pack which contained three Macs, the others being Hugh McLeod and Bob MacEwen. Due to the historic associati
Colinton is a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland situated 3 1⁄2 miles south-west of the city centre. Up until the late 18th century it appears on maps as Collington, it is bordered by Dreghorn to Craiglockhart to the north-east. To the north-west it extends to the south-west to the City Bypass. Bonaly is a subsection of the area on its southern side. Colinton is a designated conservation area. Sited within a steep-sided glen on a convenient fording point on the Water of Leith, expanding from there, Colinton's history dates back to before the 11th century. Close to the Water of Leith is Colinton Parish Church called St Cuthbert's Parish Church, founded as the Church of Halis around 1095 by Elthelred, third son of Malcolm III and Queen Margaret; the current exterior dates from 1907 but the structure dates from 1650. The entrance is rare in Scotland and more common in southern England; the cemetery contains the village war memorial. One unique grave within the cemetery is a Norwegian War Grave; the nearby 15th century Colinton Castle, in the grounds of what is now Merchiston Castle School, was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during his invasion of Scotland.
Following repair, the castle was subsequently demolished by the artist Alexander Nasmyth in order to create a picturesque ruin. Other notable figures with connections to Colinton include: Robert Louis Stevenson who spent the summers of his childhood at the manse when his grandfather was the village's Parish Minister. A number of innovative Arts and Crafts style cottages were constructed in the village in the early 1900s by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. Between 1909 and 1915, the War Office constructed Redford Barracks to the east of the village; the barracks represent the largest military installation built in Scotland since Fort George in the Highlands and they provide military accommodation, together with offices and training facilities. As part of the UK government's defence spending review and Dreghorn Barracks are deemed surplus to requirements and earmarked for disposal; the village was the location for mills producing textiles and paper. The Caledonian Railway Company constructed a new spur line connecting Slateford and Balerno in 1874, with a station at Colinton.
This line continued to carry passenger traffic until 1943, closed when the carriage of freight was discontinued in the 1960s. Today, Colinton is a suburb in Edinburgh; the original heart of Colinton is still referred to as "Colinton Village", with small speciality shops and many original buildings remaining intact. The Dell extends along the Water of Leith Walkway from Colinton Parish Church towards Slateford, contains a mixture of mature and ancient woodland, it is a natural habitat for wildlife. The walkway and cycle path pass by original mill buildings and old tunnel that dates back to when the path was part of the local railway line. Spylaw Park is situated within the area. Colinton is served by Bonaly Primary School, Firrhill High School. Merchiston Castle School, east of the village, is an independent all-boys boarding school; the major route to the city centre, Colinton Road, runs from Colinton through Craiglockhart to Holy Corner, a part of Burghmuirhead between Morningside and Bruntsfield.
Along the road are a number of significant Victorian and Edwardian villas, some of which were designed by Edward Calvert. See Transport in EdinburghThe following bus routes, operated by Lothian Buses pass through Colinton village, the surrounding roads: Number 10 Bus — Western Harbour to Bonaly / Torphin Number 16 Bus — Silverknowes terminates at Colinton Number 400 Bus — Fort Kinnaird to Edinburgh Airport Number 45 Bus — Heriot-Watt University Riccarton Campus to Queen Margaret University Musselburgh Campus via South and North bridges Archibald Alison - Scottish didactic and philosophical writer John Allen - eighteenth and nineteenth century political and historical writer Henry Mackenzie - Scottish novelist Lord Cockburn - Scottish judge and biographer John MacWhirter - Scottish landscape painter. Calum Elliot - Professional footballer James Gillespie - merchant and philanthropist Fred Goodwin - former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland, bought former house of Graeme Souness Mo Johnston - Professional footballer and manager Loudon MacQueen Douglas FRSE - antiquarian and author Margaret Hope MacPherson - crofter and activist.
Craiglockhart is a suburb in the south west of Edinburgh, lying between Colinton to the south, Morningside to the east Merchiston to the north east and Kingsknowe to the west. The Water of Leith is to the west; the name is first recorded in 1278 as "Crag quam Stephanus Loccard miles tenuit", thus "Craig of Loccard". The family, whose name was changed to Lockhart, are credited by Historic Scotland with building Craiglockhart Castle in the fifteenth century; the oldest "structure" in the area is the remains of a vitrified fort on the top of Wester Craiglockhart Hill, of prehistoric origin. This was somewhat mutilated by the addition of gun-emplacements in World War II, guarding against aerial attack. Excavations show. Craiglockhart Castle is now ruined; the hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its diverse biological habitat. In Victorian times the area was dominated by hospital buildings: The City Hospital. Craighouse and The Hydropathic are now part of the campus of Edinburgh Napier University.
During the First World War, the hospital was used to house officers suffering from the symptoms of shell-shock. Invalids here included the poets Wilfred Siegfried Sassoon, who met while patients. After the war this the building served as a convent and a theological school, before passing to the Napier College; the area became part of Edinburgh City in 1920 and the area was developed in the 1930s with bungalows and low density housing on the low-lying ground around the Wester and Easter Craiglockhart Hills. At the boundary point between Craiglockhart and Merchiston runs the Edinburgh Suburban railway line. There was once a station just off Colinton Road, this may return, since the line is mooted for re-opening as part of Edinburgh's future transport strategy. Craiglockhart today is chiefly residential, with a small proportion of commercial properties, is in general considered to be a comfortable middle-class area, with a mixture of terraced and detached villas, of a variety of ages. Craiglockhart Tennis Centre plays host to large international tennis competitions, with a series of well kept indoor and outdoor courts.
One famous product of the centre is Andy Murray, who trained there. On the same ground is Craiglockhart Sport And Leisure Centre which has a small boating pond. A small cluster of commercial premises remain close to the station site, with a further group located opposite the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre. A small Tesco "Express" supermarket has been built on the site of a former petrol station adjacent to the Meggetland playing fields; the opening of this branch of Tesco was vociferously opposed by the Scottish food writer Joanna Blythman, who claimed that opening the store would damage the local grocery store at Happy Valley. There is a Craiglockhart Primary School, although this is a little to the north of Craiglockhart itself, technically within North Merchiston Bartholomew's Chronological map of Edinburgh Craiglockhart Community Council Craiglockhart Primary School
Abbeyhill is an area of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. As with many other parts of the city, the area has varying definitions, it may be taken to mean the part of town lying between Holyrood Park to the south. It is in the locale of the constructed Scottish Parliament building, contains several old churches and other historic sites, looks onto the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Abbeyhill is one of the oldest parts of the city, taking its name from Holyrood Abbey, a major historic religious site; the main east-west thoroughfare through the area is London Road, laid in the 1820s as part of the Calton development of the New Town. This superseded an older road to Haddington which still skirts the north side of the King's Park, now named Holyrood Park; the suburb is composed of streets of tenement housing, such as Waverley Park and Milton Street, built in the mid-1890s on the grounds of Comely Gardens, a pleasure garden belonging to a local mansion, which operated along the same lines as London's Vauxhall Gardens.
It was from here that James Tytler made Britain's first hot-air balloon flight in 1784, landing about half a mile away in Restalrig. Another area of distinctive character is "the rows", several streets of colony houses on the north side of London Road, it is not a major commercial area. Apart from Meadowbank Retail Park, there are only some small local shops centred on London Road and the top of Easter Road, but the area is close to city centre facilities; the south side of Lower London Road, sloping down to Meadowbank, is a mix of earlier small-scale industrial premises and newer residential housing. Abbeyhill station closed in 1964 as a result of the Beeching cuts. Bartholomew's Chronological map of Edinburgh