Thursday, 18 August 2011

What's in the name?

This is a relatively quiet week for ward news.  Tomorrow I will bring the result of today's by-election in the neighbouring City Centre ward (due about 1pm Friday 19th).

In the meantime, having recently recorded the name of the new street (Ascham Court) being created in the Archer's Hall development at Boroughloch, here are the origins of a couple of well known local streets.  Both are named for Lord Provosts:
Duncan MacLaren memorial

  • Drummond Street, named after George Drummond who was elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh several times between 1725 and 1764.  It was formerly called Thief Raw. Harris suggests the old name may have been from theif, the old Scots word for a bramble or thorn bush.
  • McLaren Road, situated off Cobden Crescent and Queen's Crescent near Dalkeith Road, was named after a later Lord Provost, Duncan McLaren, who held the post between 1851 and 1854.  He also served as Liberal MP for Edinburgh and, according to this account, extricated Edinburgh from financial ruin.

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