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Craigentinny House

Craigentinny House

Loaning Road, Restalrig, Edinburgh


Craigentinny House is a large 16th Century mansion located on Loaning Road in the district of Restalrig, some 2 miles (3 km) east of Princes Street (Edinburgh). Built originally for the Nisbets of Dean, it was significantly extended in the 17th Century. It was then bought by William Miller, a wealthy Edinburgh seed merchant, around 1760 and he constructed a new entrance on the north side, as well as remodelling the interior. His grandson, the eccentric William Henry (Christie) Miller (1789 - 1848), commissioned David Rhind (1808-83) who sympathetically extended and modernised the house in 1849. He lived most of his life in England and became Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme (1830). However, he died at Craigentinny, and was buried on the estate, marked by what is now referred to as the 'Craigentinny Marbles'.

The house was acquired by the City Corporation and it became an early example of a Community Centre in 1937. During the Second World War Rhind's East Wing was destroyed, having been hit by two German bombs. Lothian Regional Council used the building as part of their Social Work Department in 1978 and were responsible for the completely inappropriate modern extension, which replaced the East Wing. Edinburgh Council, their successor authority, continues to use the building as a Social Work and Community Education Centre.

Public housing developed around the house from the 1930s to form the district of Restalrig and to the east, private housing was developed around the same time on its estate into the adjacent district of Craigentinny.

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margaret watkins 26-Sep-2011 22:27
i went to Craigentinny Castle around 1967 as it was my nursery school. I remember walking up with my mum from the cul de sac where we lived in Restalrig village and i remember viviidly the crunchy noise of the stones unde rher shoes as we walked in the gate and up to the entrance. i remember going up stairs to the hall where our nursery was based. There was a row of little peoples clothes pegs before going in and i think the hall was slightly off to the left and maybe a toilet or offices to the right. I also did highland and tap dancing in here a bit later in life so i have several affiliations with this place.
gary sim 17-Apr-2011 18:01
gary sim
ive lived in craigentinny since i was 12 yrs old moved from my mums house in gilmerton to stay with my dad for a while and i never went back i love the place over the years ive made many friends in the area me and my girlfriend and two sons live very close to the castle it is one of our oldest sites in craigentinny its also nice to see that the very secure castle grounds have been turned into rows of small pentioners houses making it a safe and plesant place for them to live this castle will be one of craigentinys most valued sites for another four hundred years to come
Cath Tuff (Hay) 23-Dec-2008 23:38
I was born & brought up in craigentinny untill I left to get married I lived in loganlea Drive untill 1967 I went to Craigentinny School then Norton Park I had four brothers but now it just me who is left , but alas I live in England but Craigentinny Castle was part of my life it was a nursery it was a club for mothers guild (were my Mum went) it was for Xmas partys & later it was bingo it was the heart of Craigentinny it was also said to be haunted by the Gray Lady but I never saw her I dont know if any one can get in touch but I would love any one from Cragie to get in touch
Grant B 24-Sep-2007 19:21
I live in Restalrig and my children go to Craigentinny School, opposite the Castle. Reading people's comments from all over the world is fascinating and on the school's website, we are trying to collate stories from former pupils who are willing to write down their memories from earlier times, so that the children can read about them. If you are willing to contribute please go to and let us know.
Elaine 09-Aug-2006 16:40
To Mary, my mother also lived on Loganlea drive, her name is Fay. I am going to send her this site, but wonder if you knew her. She went to Craigentinny Primary School as well. We've lived in California most of our lives, but now I'm in Texas, she is in Oregon. My children have been fortunate to have climbed all over this castle wall as I did on visits to Craigentinny when I was little.
John Clarkson 07-Aug-2006 12:31
I lived in Restalrig Drive in the fifties. Our Tenement was next to Munroes and we would play in an area where a ruined building stood, behind the RC school I think. I often wonder what the building was and is it still there? I live in South Australia now but one day I will return to Restalrig. I went to Craigintinny Primary School
mary 21-Dec-2004 08:27
This brings back a lot of memories, I went to the Girl Guides there, when I lived in Craigentinny, and I remember the night during the war when the air0raid took out the Turret, I lived in Loaganlea Drive, and could see the House from our window. Thanks for the memory. I now live in Autralia
Stu23-Sep-2004 11:42
Ta very much. I'll need to get myself down there to get some Lothian castles (but still got lots to get in Angus, Perth, Kinross and Fife...) So many castles, so little time.