Place:Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland

Coordinates55.833°N 3.05°W
Located inMidlothian, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoNewbattle, Midlothian, Scotlandparish in which Gorebridge was located until 1975
Lothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
Midlothian (council area), Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Gorebridge is a former mining village in the Scottish county of Midlothian, located in the parish of Newbattle. It is about 12 miles (19km) southeast of Edinburgh.

The village gets its name from the bridge across the River Gore, which is a tributary of the South Esk. Scotland's first gunpowder mill (Stobs Mill) started operating there in 1794 and contined until 1875. This was one of the interests of James Dewar of Vogrie, who also developed local enterprises in coal mining and limeworking. One of the two coalmines, Arniston Colliery, employed almost 1000 men and closed in 1962.

Near Gorebridge are Borthwick Castle, the remains of Newbyres Castle and an ancient hill fort on Camp Wood Hill.

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