Civil parish map

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Parish map

Base map: Bartholomew’s Plan of Edinburgh and Leith, 1940-1941, courtesy of

Civil parishes

This map shows the three civil parishes that were included in the Granton area. They all extended beyond Granton. The civil parishes were used for a variety of official purposes, including recording births deaths and marriages and for statistical information such as census results. The boundaries were often based on natural features such as rivers and streams, and were established long before many of the present-day streets were laid out.

The civil parishes were the basis for provision of various public services, including – until 1930 – poorhouses. The Granton area was served by poorhouses in North Leithexternal link and St Cuthbert’sexternal link. The poorhouse buildings eventually became the Eastern and Western General Hospitals.

Although the civil parishes were originally based on church parishes, the Church of Scotland later divided them to form additional ‘quoad sacra’ parishes, in other words parishes for church purposes, as new churches were built over the years. During the nineteenth century, the responsibility for assisting the poor and for providing schools passed from the parish churches to new secular authorities.

Further information

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