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The district, known 400 years ago as Glabertoun, became Clermiston in 1730, when a narrow track linked the village of Corstorphine to a small hamlet at Mutton Hole.
Used as a hunting ground by the wealthy, the Clermiston Estate was owned by the Buttercup Dairy Company until the 1950s, when Edinburgh Corporation bought it for local authority housing.
Some residents had been on the corporation’s housing register for more than seven years before they were offered their Clermiston house. The Clermiston area is served by a local primary school , Clermiston Primary School on Parkgrove Place is a feeder school for The Royal High School. The nearest Roman Catholic schools are Fox Covert R.C. Primary School and St. Augustine's High School.
Vehicular access to Clermiston used to be possible at the Queensferry Road (A90) at Clermiston Drive junction, however this road was closed off and this lower part of Clermiston is now accessible from Queensferry Road at Parkgrove Street.
Part of the land not used by the corporation that built the Clermiston Estate (the land adjacent to Corstorphine Hill and part of Corstorphine) was sold off to Wimpey Homes who built the Clerwood housing estate on the edge of Corstorphine in 1963; the rest was used for the construction of Queen Margaret College, later Queen Margaret University, which was built next to Clerwood, and Fox Covert Primary School, which serves Clerwood and part of Corstorphine, as well as Fox Covert R.C. Primary School, which serves the Roman Catholic community in the area. Queen Margaret University was finally demolished in July 2009 after the University moved to its new campus in Musselburgh in 2008 leaving the land free for housing developers Charles Church to build up a new housing estate next to Clerwood which is now partially complete.