Gilmerton and Liberton

Liberton Tower &  Liberton House 

The Liberton area in the south of Edinburgh derives its name from ‘lepers town', A Leper colony previously located in this area. The Little family were land owners here from circa 1590 first owning Liberton Tower then building Liberton House.

Liberton Tower has grand furnished period interior over three floors and also an outside walkway. Liberton House is a mansion House with a Do'cot. Liberton House is haunted and sightings of ghostly apparitions have been seen and also voices in the night.

Liberton Tower &  Liberton House 

The Little family owned Liberton Tower from circa 1590, built circa 1450.  William Little (Litil) younger brother of Clement both with association to the founding of the University of Edinburgh. William Little (Litil) was a Burgess and Lord Provost of Edinburgh built Liberton House circa 1600.  Liberton Tower had been abandoned by circa 1610. There are inscriptions of 1675 and 1683 on Liberton House which was when the house was extended by decedents. There is also a Do’cot which all large houses had to provide fresh meat from the birds occupying the do’cot.

Gilmerton Cove(Caves)

The mystery of the Gilmerton Cove a secret hideout for the Knights Templar or an illegal drinking den. It is believed the caves were dug in early 1700s by a local blacksmith as a house. Go down the caves and decide for yourself. They can be found at 16 Drum Street Gilmerton once a village outside Edinburgh.

MELVILLE CASTLE

Pictured is the Dundas family crest which can be seen above the main entrance to Melville Castle

Melville Castle named after the first owner Galfrid De Melville Circa 1150. Melville Castle was also said to have been for a time owned by David Rizzio and Mary Queen of Scots often visited. Other Royals that have visited the castle are George IV in 1828 and in 1842 Queen Victoria visited Melville Castle when she was on her tour of Scotland. 

It is said that a ghost has been seen on many occasions and it is thought to be Queen Mary looking for David Rizzio. 

Melville Castle can be found at the very east end of Gilmerton Road at Melville Gate on the road to Dalkeith.

THE MOTTO ON THE FAMILY CREST

         BELOW THE SHIELD

            (TRANSLATION)

      QUOD POTUI PERFECI 

(I HAVE DONE WHAT I COULD

 TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY)

INSCRIBED ABOVE THE LION'S HEAD                   (TRANSLATION)                     

        ESSAYEZ     (KEEP TRYING)

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started 16 / 03 /2017