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Barnton is a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland, located in the north-west of the city, between Cramond and Corstorphine Hill and west of Davidsons Mains. Part of the area was traditionally known as "Cramond Muir" in reference to Cramond to the north.
It is home to the Royal High School of Edinburgh deigned by Reid and Forbes in 1964. Braehead House, a complex house centred on a 15th c remodelled Scottish tower house hides amongst modern housing. The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, one of the oldest golf societies in the world with a clubhouse dating from 1896. Cargilfield Preparatory School lies to the north.
The most notable landmark is the former Barnton Hotel at the junction of Whitehouse Loan and Queensferry Road which dates from 1895 and was converted to flats in 2016.
The area centres on the paired streets of Barnton Avenue and West Barnton Avenue. These stand on the former huge estate of Barton House designed by David Hamilton in 1810. All that remains is the ornate west gate pillars on Whitehouse Loan at the westy end of West Barnton Avenue. Both halves of the avenue possess a series of large villas dating from the early 20th century. The west avenue in particular has several modern blocks of flats, but both sides retain a dominance of landscape.
Barnton Quarry, a former stone quarry in the area, is the (now derelict) site of an underground bunker which, in the event of nuclear war, would have served as the regional seat of government for Scotland from 1961 until its abandonment in 1985.
- Robert Barton of Over Barnton
- Alexander Carmichael, compiler of Carmina Gadelica
- Col John James McIntosh Shaw, military surgeon and pioneer of plastic surgery
- J. K. Rowling a current resident
- Robert Blyth Greig lived on West Barton Avenue
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