Place:Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland

Coordinates55.95°N 3.117°W
Located inMidlothian, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoDuddingston, Midlothian, Scotlandparish in which Portobello was originally located until 1896
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandcity into which Duddingston was absorbed
Lothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
City of Edinburgh, Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Portobello is a beach resort located three miles (5 km) to the east of the city centre of Edinburgh, along the coast of the Firth of Forth, in Scotland. Now a suburb of Edinburgh, it was once an independent burgh and located in the Parish of Duddingston.

Although referred to in history as a place of battle back to the 13th century, it was not a place of significant habitation until the mid 1700s. The clay soil of the area was used for both pottery- and brick- making. A red-brick power station, made of local materials, was built in 1934 at the west end of the beach and operated until 1977.

In 1833 the town was made a burgh, then in 1896 it was incorporated into Edinburgh by Act of Parliament.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Portobello.

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