Not to be confused with Gilmorton.
Scottish Gaelic: Baile GhilleMhoire

Gilmerton Post Office
 Gilmerton shown within Edinburgh
OS grid referenceNT2969
    Edinburgh  4 miles (6.4 km) 
Council areaEdinburgh
Lieutenancy areaEdinburgh
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Edinburgh
Postcode district EH17
Dialling code 0131
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK ParliamentEdinburgh South
Scottish ParliamentEdinburgh Eastern
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Coordinates: 55°54′25″N 3°08′04″W / 55.9069°N 3.1344°W / 55.9069; -3.1344

Gilmerton (Scottish Gaelic: Baile GhilleMhoire) is a suburb of Edinburgh, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of the city centre.

The toponym "Gilmerton" is derived from a combination of Scottish Gaelic: Gille-Moire – a personal name and later surname meaning "Servant of [the Virgin] Mary", from which comes the first element, "Gilmer", – and Old English: ton meaning "settlement" or "farmstead". Versions of the name are recorded from the middle of the 12th century.

Gilmerton used to be a coal mining village. Below its centre is a series of shallow linked caves collectively called Gilmerton Cove. Traditionally they were attributed to the work of a local blacksmith, George Paterson, who supposedly completed excavations in 1724 and lived in the caves for several years, although there may be reasons to doubt this.


Gilmerton compared Gilmerton Edinburgh
White 89.7% 91.7%
Asian 7.3% 5.5%
Black 1.1% 1.2%
Mixed 0.6% 0.9%
Other 1.3% 0.8%


The Kinloch baronets lived in Gilmerton House to the south-west of the village. Infamously Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, 7th Baronet, murdered his half-brother Sir Francis Kinloch in Gilmerton House, in 1795 in part to inherit his baronetcy.[1]

See also


  1. The Trial of Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch for the Murder of Sir Francis Kinloch his Brother-German, 1795
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