City of Edinburgh


Principal Town: Edinburgh
Population (1991):
Area (hectares): 26001
Entry Updated: 04-AUG-2018
Local Authority Contact Information

Address: City of Edinburgh Council
City Chambers
High Street
The City of Edinburgh council area occupies a coastal location on the south of the Firth of Forth, from just to the west of South Queensferry to Joppa in the east, extending inland to the Pentland Hills. The area of the city is 260 sq. km (100 sq. miles), making it the 9th smallest, although second most populous, of Scotland's 32 local government areas.

The City of Edinburgh was created as a district council, and the centre of the Lothian Region, with the local authority re-organisation of 1975. It comprised the northern section of the old county of Midlothian, together with a significant section of old West Lothian, including the strategically important Forth Bridges yet, in the east, it lost Musselburgh to the new East Lothian district. The City was established as a unitary local authority, with broadly similar boundaries, following further re-organisation in 1996.

Although primarily urban and sub-urban in character, with a significant number of brown-field areas which were former mining and other industrial sites, there is some farmland in the west and part of the Pentland Hills Regional Park in the south.

References and Further Reading
Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, The Royal Commission on the (ed.) (1951) The City of Edinburgh: An Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of the City of Edinburgh. His Majesty's Stationery Office, Edinburgh
Baldwin, John (1997) Exploring Scotland's Heritage: Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders. Second Edition, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and The Stationery Office, Edinburgh
Boyle, Anne, Colin Dickson, Alasdair McEwan and Colin MacLean (1985) Ruins and Remains: Edinburgh's Neglected Heritage. Scotland's Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
Cant, Malcolm (1999) Villages of Edinburgh: An Illustrated Guide. Malcolm Cant Publications, Edinburgh
Cant, Malcolm (1986) Villages of Edinburgh: Volume 1. John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh
Craig, G.Y. and P.McL.D. Duff (1975) The Geology of the Lothians and South East Scotland. Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh
Gifford, John, Colin McWilliam and David Walker (1991) The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh. Penguin, London
Hamilton, Alan (1978) Essential Edinburgh. Andre Deutsch, London
Harris, Stuart (2002) The Place Names of Edinburgh. Steve Savage Publishers Ltd., London
Henderson, Frances L. Rambles round Edinburgh. W. & A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh
Keir, David (ed.) (1966) The Third Statistical Account of Scotland: The City of Edinburgh . William Collins Sons & Co, Glasgow
Kersting, Anthony F. and Maurice Lindsay (1981) The Buildings of Edinburgh. B.T. Batsford Ltd., London
Lang, Theo (ed.) (1952) The Queen's Scotland: Edinburgh and the Lothians. Hodder and Stoughton, London
McKean, Charles, with David Walker (1982) Edinburgh: An Illustrated Architectural Guide. RIAS Publications, Edinburgh
Mullay, Sandy (1996) The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia. Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh
Rae, William and The City of Edinburgh District Council (1994) Edinburgh - The New Official Guide. City of Edinburgh District Council and Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh.
Rodger, Johnny, with photographs by John Niall McLean (2001) Edinburgh: A Guide to Recent Architecture. Ellipsis, London
Shepherd, Thomas H. (1831) Modern Athens: Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century. Jones and Co, London
Smith, Charles J. (1998) South Edinburgh in Pictures. Whittinghame House Publishing, Haddington
Turnbull, Michael T.R.B. (1992) Edinburgh Characters. Saint Andrew Press, Edinburgh
Wallace, Joyce M. (1998) The Historic Houses of Edinburgh. John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh
Youngson, A.J. (1966) The Making of Classical Edinburgh (1750 - 1840). Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh

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