Davidson's Mains


Davidson's Mains is a former village which is now a district in the north west of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is adjacent to the districts of Barnton, Cramond, Silverknowes, Blackhall and Corbiehill/House O'Hill.

The district is named after the Davidsons of Muirhouse, a wealthy merchant family who formerly lived in Muirhouse, which lies to the east of the district. Prior to the 19th century it was known as Muttonhole. The origin of this name is unknown, though it perhaps refers to the local sheep farming industry.[1] "Mains" is a Lowland Scots term equivalent to the English home farm.

Within the district there is a variety of shops and businesses, ranging from cobblers to large supermarkets, as well as food outlets of various kinds. The district is also served by four churches, two banks, a veterinary surgery, a doctor's surgery, two dental surgeries and a primary school.[2] The state secondary school that serves the area is the Royal High School.

The district is currently served by three bus routes run by Lothian Buses: the 42 which travels via Tesco between Craigleith and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh towards Portobello; the 21 which travels to the Gyle Centre via Clermiston and to Leith in the other direction; the 41 which travels from Cramond to Morningside.


  1. "A Brief History of Davidson's Mains".
  2. "home". Davidson's Mains Primary School. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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Coordinates: 55°57′55.40″N 3°16′27.58″W / 55.9653889°N 3.2743278°W / 55.9653889; -3.2743278

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