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ock's Lodge, a village in South Leith parish, Edinburghshire, on the road from Edinburgh to Portobello, adjacent to the S side of the locomotive depôt of the North British railway, 1¾ mile by tram E by N of the General Post Office, Edinburgh. Standing on low ground, at the NE base of Arthur's Seat, immediately above the subsidence into meadow, and surrounded with a rich variety of pleasant scenery, it extends somewhat stragglingly ¼ mile along the road; consists chiefly of a spacious cavalry barrack and two lines of dwelling-houses; and has a post office, under Edinburgh, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, a soldiers' home, and a police station. The barrack, on its N side, was built of Craigmillar stone in 1793; comprises a quadrangular, enclosed area (500 x 300 feet); contains accommodation for a regiment of cavalry; and includes a neat, comparatively recent, Episcopalian chapel. It bears the name of Piershill, after Colonel Piers, who occupied a villa on the exact site of the officers' quarters in the time of George II., and commanded a regiment of cavalry then stationed in Edinburgh. The name ' Jokis Lodge ' occurs as early as 1650, but is of uncertain origin. Pop., inclusive of Restalrig, (1871) 1647, (1881), 1266, of whom 429 were military.Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.
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