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The area was once part of the lands of Greenhill. It takes its name from the Burgh Muir, an area of oak forest which stretched over much of today's south Edinburgh; all that now remains is the parkland of Bruntsfield Links.
The anglicised form of the name was used for Boroughmuirhead Post Office which closed in 2010 (replaced by Bruntsfield Post Office in Bruntsfield Place), and also was the former name of the now Grangebank House, located down a lane to the west of Morningside Road.
- Smith, Charles J., Morningside, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh, 1992. ISBN 0-85976-354-4
- Cant, Michael, Villages of Edinburgh volumes 1 & 2, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh, 1986-1987. ISBN 0-85976-131-2 & ISBN 0-85976-186-X
- Grant, James, Old and New Edinburgh volumes 1-3 (or 1-6, edition dependent), Cassell, 1880s (published as a periodical): Online edition
- Bartholomew's Chronological map of Edinburgh (1919)
- The Scotsman newspaper: historical article on the use of the Burgh Muir for plague victims