List of former Edinburgh street names

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Below are lists of former street names in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. This is a compilation of lost, renamed or relocated streets in Edinburgh. The degree of preservation of the city, in combination with its status as the home of many famous persons, renders the list worthwhile. The many narrow closes lost and gained over the centuries are excluded.



In most cities, this list would be too huge to contemplate. Given Edinburgh's restricted redevelopment in relation to other cities, the list is manageable (only including redevelopment which included loss of full streets). [1]


Absorption of outer towns such as Leith and Portobello in the 1920s necessitated a renaming of several streets due to duplication. Duplicates are marked (D). Individual building projects which were given unique names were often renamed for simplicity when lying on major arterial roads such as Leith Walk or Morningside Road. Some renamings are adjustments rather than full renaming. [2]


The City of Edinburgh Council sometimes revitalises old street names, rather than finding a new name (and this is often the preference). However, these new streets are often not in the exact location as originally found, which can be very confusing to genealogists. [3]

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  1. Lost Edinburgh. Hamish Coghill.
  2. Bartholomew's map of Edinburgh and its suburbs 1875 etc
  3. Edinburgh A–Z.