standard-title History Follow the steps of 16th century monks and discover history of Portobello, Edinburgh with the interactive timeline.

History

Follow the steps of 16th century monks and discover history of Portobello, Edinburgh with the interactive timeline.

Before 18th century the area, then known as Figgate Muir was covered by the moorland used as a grazing land by the monks coming from Holyrood Abbey. With few exceptions (see timeline below) we don’t have records of any events taking place here.

On the other hand, if you look at the map, it is likely that people coming from The Castle Rock towards Arthur’s Seat continued along the Figgate Burn going all the way to today’s Portobello beach. Maybe that’s why George Hamilton decided to build the first cottage here in mid 18th century.

20 years later Baron William Mure purchased the land around Portobello to start the clay excavation, this created a new, major market in Edinburgh with 3 million bricks produced annually.

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