Duddingston Village Edinburgh

Duddingston Loch at Dodin’s Village

Duddingston Village Edinburgh dates back to the 1100s and replaced Treverlen the name of the land owners of the area. The name Duddingston is said to come from the Norman Knight Dodin de Dodinestun who settled in the area. An earlier Bronze Age settlement / lake village may lay buried beyond the car park next to the gate. Duddingston Loch is a nature reserve with swans, geese,ducks and otters. It was previously used for ice skating curling and boating. There is a famous painting by Sir Henry Raeburn of a minister ice skating on the Duddingston Loch.

 The stream that feeds duddingston Loch from Arthur Seat  Duddingston Village Edinburgh Duddingston Loch and Kirk  Duddingston Loch Arthur Seat Edinburgh

Sheep Heid Inn Duddingston Village Edinburgh 

The Causway, Duddingston Village known  originally as Dodin Village. It is said that a drinking house has been on the site since the 1300s and Bonnie Prince Charlie may have drank here before the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. There is no definite proof of how old the pub is or how it got its name but Royalty played skittles in the back yard and a bowling alley was built in 1870. A club founded in 1882 still exists and plays once a week. A gift given to the landlord in 1580 by King James VI was a rams head snuff box, which is now in Dalmeny House and a copy is behind the bar. The village was known for the slaughter of sheep and the use of the heads for soup (powsowdie) a local broth.

sheep heid Inn Duddingston Village Edinburgh

 Dunsapie Loch Arthur Seat Edinburgh

Dunsapie Loch Arthur Seat Edinburgh

Camped around Dunsapie Loch on Arthur Seat the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie awaited instructions from the war council being held in the house pictured below in Duddingston Village on the night of the 19 September 1745 before the Battle of Prestonpans took place. The Battle at Prestonpans was an monumental victory for the Jacobite army over the English army of red coats. The Jacobite army lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) went on to battle their way as far as Derby, before turning back with the might of the English army in chase. After 7 months of battles, the end came in just 20 minutes at the battle of Culloden where the English wiped out the Jacobite’s and ended the Stuarts regaining the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to Skye and then into Europe. Inscription on plaque on War Council House reads; In this House on September 1745 | Prince Charles Edward Stuart | Held his Council of War before the battle | of Prestonpans.

 war council house used by Bonnie Prince Charlie Duddingston Village Edinburgh  Plaque on wall council house Duddingston Village Edinburgh

Duddingston Loch a wildlife sanctuary.

The plaque with the quote by John Thomson one time minister of Duddingston Kirk, ‘We’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns’, (Meaning) We are all the same. Duddingston Village full of history and an easy way up Arthur Seat. With steps that take you halfway and a gentle slope the remainder of the way to the top. Midpoint a bench for a rest and Dunsapie Loch with a view of East Lothian.

 The wildlife at Duddingston Loch Arthur Seat Duddingston Village Edinburgh  Wildlife Duddingston Lock eastside Arthur Seat Edinburgh

Jock Tamson’s Bairns

 Under The Seat beside the water  Duddingston Village Edinburgh  history  Jock Tamson's Bairns Wall Tablet Duddingston Village Edinburgh  history


 The Jougs

The Jougs is a neck brace which would be put around the criminal’s neck while passers by would throw rotten food at whoever was in the jougs

Jouges at Duddingston Kirk  Duddingston Village Edinburgh  history

The Loupin on Stane

The Loupin on stane is found outside many churches in Scotland as it was a way for gentlemen to get on their horses.

loupin on stain at Duddingston Kirk Gates Duddingston Village Edinburgh  history

Duddingston Kirk

Duddingston Kirk is a Norman style Church overlooking Duddingston Loch built in the early 1100s and is one of the oldest churches still in use in the East of Scotland.  

Duddingston Kirk Duddingston Village Edinburgh  history

Duddingston War Memorial. 

The Celtic Cross was erected in 1921 in memory of those who fell in the First World War.

Duddingston Village Edinburgh War Memorial Edinburgh

Thomson Tower 

Thomson’s Tower was designed by William Henry Playfair and was built in 1825 as a store house for the Duddingston Curling Society to keep their equipment for the Curlers. Built on 2 floors the upper floor was where the curlers meet before and after playing. The Reverend John Thomson who was the Duddingston Kirks minister from 1805 till 1840 was an respected Artist and used the upper floor for his studio.


 Thomson's Tower where they kept the curling stones on Duddingston Loch Arthur Seat in Background    Thomson's Tower where they kept the curling stones on Duddingston Loch Arthur Seat in Background

Wall Plaque in Duddingston Village Edinburgh

Duddingston Village Edinburgh  historyDuddingston Village has been settled since the 12th century. Once a busy weaving centre, it produced a coarse linen cloth known as Duddingston hardings’ Ancient cultivation terraces can still be seen behind the village below Arthur Seat, and late Bronze age artefacts were found in the loch in 1778.

Duddingston Kirk dates from the 12th century. The fine romanesque doorway and chancel arch still remain, and outside the gate there is a 17th century”Loupin on stane” to help horsemen mount, and the Jougs a punishment collar.

Duddingston Manse was once the home of the landscape painter, the Reverend John Thomson, Minister from 1805 -1840. Famous visitors included J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott, an elder of the kirk, who wrote part of “Heart of Midlothian” in the manse garden.

Prince Charlie’s Cottage in the Causeway is a restored early 18th century building. Here Prince Charles Edward Stuart Held his Council of War before the battle of Prestonpans IN 1745.

The Sheep Heid Inn Duddingston Village Edinburgh is said to be one of the oldest in Scotland. An Inn has stood on this site since the 16th century. In 1850 King James VI presented the landlord with an embellished ram’s head. The present building is mainly 19th century, with an old bower stair and skittle alley behind.

Duddingston Loch was the ice-rink of the famous Duddingston Curling Society. Since 1925 it has been a bird sanctuary.

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