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 a few exceptions (see timeline below) we don’t have records of any significant events taking place here before 18th century. We do know that the area was popular with smugglers due to it’s close proximity to Edinburgh and a road from Musselburgh to Edinburgh, crossing the moorland.

Please use the timeline to discover our history.