Gilmerton

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Not to be confused with Gilmorton.
Gilmerton
Scottish Gaelic: Baile GhilleMhoire
Gilmerton Post Office, Edinburgh.jpg
Gilmerton Post Office
Gilmerton is located in Edinburgh
Gilmerton
Gilmerton
 Gilmerton shown within Edinburgh
OS grid reference NT2969
   – Edinburgh  4 miles (6.4 km) 
Council area Edinburgh
Lieutenancy area Edinburgh
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Edinburgh
Postcode district EH17
Dialling code 0131
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Edinburgh South
Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Eastern
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Coordinates: 55°54′25″N 3°08′04″W / 55.9069°N 3.1344°W / 55.9069; -3.1344

Gilmerton (Scottish Gaelic: Baile GhilleMhoire) is a suburb of Edinburgh, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of the city centre.

The toponym "Gilmerton" is derived from a combination of Scottish Gaelic: Gille-Moire – a personal name and later surname meaning "Servant of [the Virgin] Mary", from which comes the first element, "Gilmer", – and Old English: ton meaning "settlement" or "farmstead".[citation needed] Versions of the name are recorded from the middle of the 12th century.[citation needed]

Gilmerton used to be a coal mining village. Below its centre is a series of shallow linked caves collectively called Gilmerton Cove. Traditionally they were attributed to the work of a local blacksmith, George Paterson,[citation needed] who supposedly completed excavations in 1724 and lived in the caves for several years,[citation needed] although there may be reasons to doubt this.[citation needed]

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