The History of Leith

July 23, 2012

Craiglockhart Hill-c1883

Southward of Morningside lie the Plewlands,
ascending the slope towards beautiful Craiglockhart
Hill, now being fast covered with semi-detached
villas, feued by the Scottish Heritages Company,
surrounding a new cemetery, and intersected by
the suburban line of railway. Here was built
lately a great hydropathic establishment. The
new city poor-house, erected at a cost of ^50,000,
occupies, with the ground for cultivation, an area
of thirty-six acres, has accommodation for more
than 2,000 inmates, and is fitted up with every
modern improvement conducive to health and
This quarter of Edinburgh is bounded by
Craiglockhart Hill—the name of which is said to
have been Craig-loch-ard, with some reference to
the great sheet of water once known as Cortorphin
Loch. It is 546 feet in height, and richly wooded,
and amid its rocks there breed the kestrel-hawk,
the brown owl, the ring-ousel, and the waterhen.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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