The area falls within the parish of Liberton in the south-east of the city. It acquired its name from members of the entourage brought to Scotland from France by Mary, Queen of Scots, who took up residence at nearby Craigmillar Castle. The French left the city following the Siege of Leith under the terms of the Treaty of Edinburgh.
- Harris, Stuart (1991). "The fortifications and siege of Leith: a further study of the map of the siege in 1560" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 121: 360–368.
- Map of the Medical School facilities of University of Edinburgh at Little France