Place:Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland

Coordinates55.942°N 3.1446°W
Located inMidlothian, Scotland     ( - 1896)
See alsoEdinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandcity into which Duddingston was absorbed in 1896
Lothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
Midlothian (council area), Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog


The parish of Duddingston was absorbed into Edinburgh in 1896, and has become so much a part of the city that it is difficult to find out much about it as a parish. It was surrounded by other former Edinburgh parishes such as St. Cuthberts, Canongate, Leith and Liberton, and by the Firth of Forth.

It contained the town of Portobello and the villages of Joppa and Easter Duddingston.

The parish church has records for births dating from 1631, for marriages from 1653 and for deaths from 1631. More information on the above and also on some church records, such as church elders in 1677 (names given), church treasurers (with names given), parish church, parish ministers from 1560 - 1903, church session, Old Parish Registers, and session clerks are available online. [Source: GENUKI, but no website is given.] GENUKI does refer to a website named "your Scottish ancestors traced" which contains a great many genealogical sources.

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

Please note and respect the copyright warnings on these websites.

  • GENUKI article on Duddingston. The GENUKI page is supplemented by [1]--lots of information including many people.
  • Scottish Places provides an article on Duddingston village, but the parish gets little mention. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparitive maps.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Duddingston provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • 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.