Jock's Lodge

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Jock's Lodge is an area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It centres on the junction of London Road/Portobello Road and Willowbrae Road and is an alternative name for the Meadowbank / Piershill area. Restalrig village lies to its north.

The origin of the name is uncertain, but it occurs as early as 1650. Jock is thought[by whom?] to be the name of a local shepherd in the early 17th century, with a small house near the junction of London Road and Restalrig Road South. A pub sharing the name of the area now sits on the north-west corner of the junction.

The area is dominated by civil service buildings St Margarets House and Meadowbank House, which were built on the site of the St Margarets Railway Marshalling Yards, which was primarily for steam locomotives. The office blocks were constructed in the early 1970s. Meadowbank Stadium, immediately to the west was the location for the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games. The East Coast Main Line railway also passes by here, as does the A1 Edinburgh to London main trunk road. Many of the houses in this area are Victorian tenements.

Both Royal High Rugby Club and Lismore RFC were formerly based in the area; Lismore RFC taking its name from nearby Lismore Crescent.[1]


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Coordinates: 55°57′18.31″N 3°9′1.47″W / 55.9550861°N 3.1504083°W / 55.9550861; -3.1504083