Place:Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland

Coordinates55.88°N 3.12°W
Located inMidlothian, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoLothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
Midlothian (council area), Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


Lasswade was a parish in the former Scottish county of Midlothian. Both were abolished in favour of the Lothian regional administration in 1975. Since 1996 the area is covered by the Midlothian Council Area. It is located about 2 miles (4 km) southwest of Bonnyrigg and 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Penicuik. The population of the parish increased from 3348 in 1801 to 10,455 in 1891.

The parish had an area of 40.5 sq. km (15.6 sq. miles) and had 7 neighbouring parishes; namely Carrington, Cockpen, Dalkeith, Edinburgh, Glencorse, Newbattle and Penicuik, all in Midlothian. The boundaries of this parish were modified as a consequence of the Local Government (Scotland), 1894.

The parish church has records for births dating from 1617, marriages from 1617, and for deaths from 1634.

The Wikipedia article Lasswade deals with the Village of Lasswade, but may cover details also pertinent to the parish. Other settlements within the parish are Roslin, Polton, Loanhead and Bilston.

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 Lasswade. The list of names from the World War 1 Memorial in the Village of Roslin is copied there.
  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Lasswade. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparitive maps.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Lasswade 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.

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