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Murrayfield House, Edinburgh
Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield Ice Rink

Murrayfield is an affluent area to the west of Edinburgh city centre in Scotland.[1] It is to the east of Corstorphine and north of Balgreen and Roseburn. The A8 road runs east–west through the south of the area. Murrayfield is often considered to include the smaller neighbouring areas of Ravelston (to the north) and Roseburn (to the south).

HistoryEdit

The name comes from the estate of Archibald Murray who built Murrayfield House for himself in 1735 on the south-facing slopes over the area.[2] Archibald Murray bought the land from Nisbet of Dean in 1733; it was previously Nisbet's Park.[3] Alexander Murray, Lord Henderland was born here the year after its construction. Much of the Murrayfield area was semi-rural up until the early 19th century. Among mansion houses built then was Belmont House in 1828 by architect William Playfair for Lord Mackenzie and a large villa known as Rock Villa (later Rockshiel) appears on the Ordnance Survey Map of 1855.[3][4] The OS map from the 1890s suggests this area remained spacious with scattered individual houses and villas throughout the nineteenth-century.[5]

Easter Belmont Road (a private road), is one of Edinburgh's "Millionaire's Rows" and is home to local businessman David Murray.[6] Aside from sports facilities, there is much residential land use and a private hospital, Spire Murrayfield Hospital[7], part of the Spire Healthcare group. There are also a few shops, businesses and hotels.

SportsEdit

Murrayfield is known for Murrayfield Stadium, home to the Scottish national rugby union team and venue for many sporting events. In the shadow of the stadium is Murrayfield Ice Rink, which currently hosts the Edinburgh Capitals ice hockey team and previously played host to the famous Murrayfield Racers. In the 2006-07 season, Heart of Midlothian played their UEFA Champions League ties at Murrayfield. Murrayfield Stadium has also been the venue for some large concerts.

In addition to the stadium, there are Murrayfield Lawn Tennis Club and Murrayfield golf course which is between Ravelston and Corstorphine Hill. The tennis club was founded in 1904 as The West Edinburgh Tennis and Croquet Club.[8] Murrayfield Golf Club was founded in 1896 and its initial membership was limited to '300 gentlemen and 200 ladies'; in 1904 it was laid out on Ravelston Estate west of Murrayfield Road.[9] Murrayfield Golf Club is notable for having been a mixed club from the start with female members having the same rights and privileges as the men.[9]

SchoolsEdit

The well-known independent schools, St. George's School for Girls and the Merchant Company of Edinburgh's The Mary Erskine School for girls are situated in the Murrayfield area.

The local primary school for most is Roseburn Primary School and Murrayfield is part of the Craigmount High School catchment area. The nearest Roman Catholic schools are Fox Covert R.C. Primary School and St. Augustine's High School.

Notable residentsEdit

  • Chris Hoy grew up on the boundary of Corstorphine and Murrayfield.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  • Bell, Raymond MacKean Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh, Leamington Books, Edinburgh 2017
  • Cant, Michael, Villages of Edinburgh volumes 1 & 2, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh, 1986-1987. ISBN 0-85976-131-2 & ISBN 0-85976-186-X
  • Cosh, Mary Edinburgh the Golden Age (2003), Birlinn, Edinburgh
  • Grant, James, Old and new Edinburgh' volumes 1–3 (or 1–6, edition dependent), Cassell, 1880s (published as a periodical): Online edition
  • Harris, Stuart (1996). The Place Names of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 0-903065-83-5.
  • Sherman, Robin Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine (2003)
  1. ^ "Murrayfield". ESPC. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford, McWilliam and Walker
  3. ^ a b "West Murrayfield Conservation Area Character Appraisal". Edinburgh City Council. 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. ^ "View: Index to the OS of Edinburghshire - Ordnance Survey Indexes to the County Series maps, Scotland, 1854-1886". maps.nls.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  5. ^ "View: One-inch 2nd Edition, parishes in colour, Scotland: Sheet 32 - [Edinburgh] - Ordnance Survey One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904". maps.nls.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  6. ^ "House prices in Easter Belmont Road, Edinburgh EH12 stand at £1,224,366 on average - Zoopla". www.zoopla.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Spire Edinburgh, Murrayfield & Shawfairpark Hospital | Private Hospital in Edinburgh | Spire Healthcare". www.spireedinburgh.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Murrayfield LTC / History of Murrayfield Lawn Tennis Club". clubspark.lta.org.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b "History". murrayfield.intelligentgolf.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  10. ^ Bell, Raymond MacKean (2017). Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Leamington Books. ISBN 9780244644406.

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