Place:Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland

Coordinates55.929°N 3.039°W
Located inMidlothian, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoLothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
East Lothian (council area), Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996


Inveresk was a coastal parish in the former Scottish county of Midlothian which ceased to be in 1975. It was located some 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Prestonpans in East Lothian and 5 miles (7 km) northeast of Bonnyrigg in Midlothian. Since the reorganization of Scotland's administrative structure in 1996 the area covered by Inveresk is situated in East Lothian Council Area. The principal town is Musselburgh.

The parish had an area of 22.1 sq. km (8.5 sq. miles) and had 6 neighbouring parishes; namely Cranston, Dalkeith, Edinburgh, and Newton in Midlothian; and Prestonpans and Tranent.

The parish church has records for births dating from 1607, for marriages from 1606 and for deaths from 1750.

Research Tips

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • GENUKI article on Inveresk. The GENUKI page is supplemented by [1]--lots of information including many people.
  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Inveresk. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparitive maps.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Inveresk provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a map from the First Ordnance Survey One-Inch to the Mile Maps of Scotland 1856-1891 that shows this area in the middle of the 19th century. Many of the places cannot be found even on maps circa 1900.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.