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Stockbridge Area

North New Town Edinburgh


Stockbridge name derives from wooden foot bridge. Stockbridge was deemed the northern extension of Edinburgh's new town. The area was largely in part designed by Sir Henry Raeburn artist who was born in the area and also died at his house in Carlton Street in 1823. There were many notable people that lived in the area. James Young Simpson being the most eminent lived with his brother David who was a master baker at No.1 Raeburn place on the corner of Dean Street and opened his first practice at 2 Deanhaugh Street. Christopher North lived in 29 Anne Street before moving to No. 6 Gloucester Place. There were street name changes from when first erected Veitch's Square named after the baker there was Virgin's Square, India Place was Athole Street, Upper Dean Terrace was Mineral Street, North West Circus Place was Stockbridge Brae.   

Stockbridge Edinburgh
Stock bridge Plaque Edinburgh.

Stockbridge Sunday Market

While in Edinburgh visit the Stockbridge Sunday Market 200 yards from St Bernard’s Well and next to the Water of Leith. Stockbridge has many shops, bars and restaurants and is close to the city centre. You can see the entrance to the original Stockbridge Market in St Stephen Street.

Stockbridge Sunday Market Edinburgh
Stockbridge Market Edinburgh

Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn was a portrait painter and painted many famous people. e was revered by all and became the president of the Society of Artists in Edinburgh in 1812  and a member of the Royal Scottish Academy. Henry Raeburn was knighted by George IV in 1822. He was born in Stockbridge Edinburgh and spent his life there before his death in St Bernard’s Crescent Stockbridge Edinburgh The house he lived in was demolished to make way for Carlton Street.

Raeburn Place the main thoroughfare of Stockbridge is named after him.

His Art Studio was in York Place named Raeburn House with an Artists pallet on the wall of the building.

Sir Henry Raeburn Stockbridge Edinburgh

Fettes College 

Sir William Fettes

Sir William Fettes was born on 25 June 1750. When he was eighteen he went into business as a grocer, trading in wine and tea from Smith’s Land at Bailie Fyfe’s Close in the High Street Edinburgh. He retired from trading Tea and Wine in 1800 to concentrate on his many other investments. He was also twice Lord Provost of Edinburgh. William Fettes lived at 13 Charlotte Square up to 1810 when he purchased the estate of Comely Bank not far from the school’s present location. In his will he made a bequest which was to lead to the foundation of Fettes College.  The school itself opened in 1870, 34 years after Sir William’s death and is now one of the top private schools in Edinburgh. There have been many famous students attend Fettes College none more famous than British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Fettes College Edinburgh

St Bernard's Well


A natural mineral spring was discovered on the Water of Leith near to Stockbridge in 1760, some claimed that the water could cure everything. In 1789 a building was erected over the well a Doric Temple with a dome and statue inside of Hygeia the Greek goddess of health. It was called St Bernard's Well. Another well was also found a short distance west and this was called St George’s Well. This was also to have the same powers as St Bernard’s Well but was never used to the extent of St Bernard's Well

ST BERNARD'S WELL SIGN Stockbridge Water
Hygeia Greek Goddess of Health
Temple of St Bernard's Well stone carving Edinburgh

The Dene Archway

Water of Leith Walkway from Saunders Street

The Dene Archway to St Bernard's Well

Water of Leith Walkway from Saunders Street at The Dene Archway to St Bernard's Well
The Dene Archway to St Bernard's Well
The Dene. Stockbridge Edinburgh

St George's Well

The Water of Leith and the source of the mineral water for St Bernard's Well and St George's Well

The Water of Leith and the source of the mineral water for St Bernard's Well and St George's Well
St George's Mineral Well

William Nelson Memorial

William Nelson was a publisher in Edinburgh and took it upon himself to renovate the St Bernard’s Well as it had become in a state of disrepair. He used his own funds to renovate and improve its aesthetic look.

William Nelson St Bernard's Well Edinbur

Comely Bank

North New Town Edinburgh


Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle started life as a teacher, but did not last as he gave this up to study law then he went into the ministry and finally became a writer. He married Jane Welsh of Haddington they stayed in a house in Comely Bank for a short time before moving to a farmhouse in the Scottish Borders.  Thomas Carlyle became a published author of a number of books and was ask to become the rector of Edinburgh University in 1866 which he accepted.  He is best remembered as a essayist and Scottish Historian.

Comely Bank
Thomas Carlyle Comely Bank. Edinburgh

Gloucester Place

North New Town Edinburgh

John Wilson 

AKA Christopher Noeth

John Wilson a writer, author, advocate and Professor of moral philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He was most frequently identified by his pseudonym Christopher North.

His family home was 29 Ann Street before having to move and live at his mother’s house No 6 Gloucester Place with his family due to almost bankruptcy caused by his uncle’s dishonest speculation with his money. Through hard work he recovered to move his family to their new home in Ann Street where he remained until his death in 1854. His statue stands in East Princes Street Gardens between the mound precinct and the Walter Scott monument.

Gloucester Place
JOHN WILSON statue Princes Street Edinburgh
Home where JOHN WILSON lived in Edinburgh


New Town North Edinburgh

Horse Rider Eagle

The Horse Rider and Eagle bronze was sculpted by Eoghan Bridge who was born in Edinburgh in 1963. The sculptor was completed in 1997 and can be found at the corner of a new housing development in Silvermills, Stockbridge. There is also a further statue on the bridge at Festival Square Lothian Road. The Silvermills area was once a small hamlet where there were a number of mills that processed silver.

The silver coming from the mines at Hilderslane Linlithgow.

HORSE RIDER EAGLE by Eoghan Bridge

Henderson Row

North New Town Edinburgh

Edinburgh Academy

The Edinburgh Academy opened its doors to pupils on 1st October 1824. Robert Louis Stevenson and

 James Clark Maxwell were two former students.  Sir Walter Scott, Lord Cockburn and Sir Robert Dundas

were just a few that instituted the Academy in 1832.

Henderson Row
The Edinburgh Academy Edinburgh

Doune Terrace

North New Town Edinburgh

Robert Chambers

Robert Chalmers at an early age started a business selling old books his brother started a printers and after a while they started a new business together Robert Chambers the writer and William Chambers the printer. There first venture was a periodical The Kaleidoscope a magazine published every two weeks. Robert interested in history published a number of books Traditions of Edinburgh, Walks in Edinburgh, the Life of Walter Scott, and many more on Scottish History.

Doune Terraace
Robert Chambers plaque  Stockbridge Edin

Duncansland Stockbridge

North New Town Edinburgh


David Robert’s Birthplace

Duncansland a house built from rubble from the houses knocked down in development of Edinburgh. This is where David Roberts was born on 24th October 1796 son of John Roberts who was shoemaker to trade. David Roberts started his career as a designer and painter and became a stage designer for a circus. His talents grew and he became a very successful stage designer and artist while in his free time he painted with oils and became a renowned artist of buildings and scenery which became a full time vocation by 1830. He travelled the world painting and travelled to Egypt and Syria which was the first time many had seen such scenery and Queen Victoria was so taken with his work purchased the collection.

Inscription on plaques on Duncansland Stockbridge;

David Roberts R.A. Landscape Painter was born here on 24th October 1796 | I FEAR GOD ONLYE 1605 

David Roberts Gloucester lane Edinburgh
Duncansland House. Stockbridge Edinburgh
Duncansland Plaque  Duncansland Stockbri
Royal Circus

Royal Circus

North New Town Edinburgh


Sir Henry Littlejohn

Sir Henry Littlejohn was co-founder of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He was Known as a forensic expert and was friends with Dr Bell and Henry Littlejohn taught Arthur Conan Doyle forensic medicine when he studied at the University of Edinburgh medical school. He was also one of the first people in the world to be appointed as the Police Surgeon for a city. He lived at Circus Place Edinburgh and a plaque is at the door in his honour.

Henry Duncan Littlejohn 24 Royal Circus.
Inverleith Park

Inverleith Public Park

Inverleith Public Park The park with its football, rugby and 5 seven-a-side pitches, a cricket square, Pétanque (boules) area, model boating pond and a children’s play area, a pond and the Sundial Garden with ornamental Sundial and a memorial fountain in a form of a granite obelisk dated 1899 erected in memory of John Charles Dunlop, Councillor.

Inverleith Park Monument Stockbridge Edi

Kinloch Anderson Sundial

Inverleith Park

Kinloch Anderson Sundial Inverleith Park can be found near to the park entrance at the pond.

Kinloch Anderson have a long history with Edinburgh and Tartan. Their main store and museum is in Commercial Street Leith. 

Sundial Inscriptions;

On base of Sundial;


On south face of dial;


 On north face;


Kinloch Anderson Sundial Inverleith Park Stockbridge Edinburgh

Inverleith Park

Boating Pond

The Pond in Inverleith Park was originally for model yachts and ice skating in the winter. Inverleith Pond opened in May 1891 and is still used today for model boats, however the weather does not allow ice skating.

Inverleith Pond Inverleith Park Stockbri

Falshaw Bridge

Stockbridge Edinburgh

    Falshaw Bridge, built in 1877 by the engineer, David Proudfoot. The structure was renewed in 1956 with pre-stressed concrete beams. The Falshaw Bridge, named after Lord Provost Falshaw who opened the bridge in 1877, replaced an earlier wooden footbridge beside an ancient ford across the Water of Leith at the west end of Glenogle Road. 

Falshaw Bridge Stockbridge Edinburgh
Falshaw Bridge Stockbridge Edinburgh
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