Area History


Saving Liberton Bank House.The childhood home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Liberton Bank House is an important local landmark that was under threat of demolition. Read the article below, written by Dr Allen Simpson, which was first published in our October 2004 Newsletter, descibing the history of the attempts to save the building. After extensive feasibility studies, it was determined that the most appropriate use for the building would be an educational establishment run by the Dunedin School. The building was gifted by Kilmartin Property to Cockburn Conservation Trust in October 2006, with restoration work completed in time for the commencement of the 2007-8 school term. Read the full article on the Buildings at Risk website.


A History of the Craigmillar Park Area. The following account of the historical development of the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area was written by Dr. Allen Simpson as a reference for use in the preparation of the formal Character Appraisal, which was published, by the City, last year. It has been printed here in full because it was thought to be of wider interest.



A Resident’s View of the Past 20 Years. Local resident Allan Blacklaws shares his thoughts on the changes in the area over the past two decades.



Down in the Dell. Local Scout Leader, Jonathan Tait, gives an insight into Scouting in the area in an article from our October 2005 Newsletter.