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Polton Village
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Polton Village

Lying on the banks of the North Esk River in Midlothian, the village of Polton lies a mile (2 km) southeast of Loanhead and a mile (2 km) southwest of Bonnyrigg. Polton was previously associated with paper mills and the ruined Mavisbank House lies adjacent. Author and poet Thomas De Quincey died here in 1859. Polton Farm Colony was founded for tuberculosis sufferers in 1910. The Esk Valley railway opened in 1867 and terminated at a station in Polton. This line saw its last passengers in 1951 and closed completely in 1964.

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