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The ground was originally part of Sir William Fettes' estate. The original development was a terrace of Georgian town-houses built to face the main east-west road leading to Stockbridge. This was designed by Thomas Brown (architect) in 1817 and still stands today.
The Victorian writer Thomas Carlyle lived in Comely Bank Road between 1819 and 1821 before achieving literary success. At that time, the terrace at the western end of the road was the last row of houses in Edinburgh before the village of Blackhall.
Although there was a burst of tenemental construction in the late 19th century, due to other more prestiguous developments around the city the area was not fully built out until the 1930s.
- Flora Stevenson School 1900 by John Alexander Carfrae
- St Stephen's Church 1901 by J.N. Scott & Alexander Lorne Campbell
- St Ninian's Episcopal Church 1921 by John More Dick Peddie & Walker Todd
(taken from Grants Old and New Edinburgh)
- Thomas Carlyle
- Rev James Browne DD (1793-1841) author, lived at 11 Comely Bank
- John Wilson Ewbank RSA (1799-1847), artist, lived at 5 Comely Bank
Comely Bank Cemetery
The cemetery was begun in 1896 and laid out by George Washington Browne.
The cemetery has lost its original southern entrance and its ornate gate piers now lead only into a modern housing estate. It is now only accessible from its north-east corner, on Crewe Road. There has been much vandalism in the cemetery.
It is notable largely due to an abnormally high number of war graves, due to its juxtaposition to two of the city's hospitals in WW2. This includes Britain's youngest in-service death: Reginald Earnshaw only 14 years old.
There are relatively few graves of note:-
- Jeannie Cockburn (1898-1918) a rare female war grave from WW1 (Lady Driver)
- Clive Franklyn Collett MC and bar (1886-1917) WW1 flying ace
- Sir Patrick George Don-Wauchope Baronet (1898-1989)
- Reginald Earnshaw (1927-41) Merchant Navy. UK's youngest war grave
- William Miller Frazer RSA (1864-1961), landscape artist
- William Murray Frier (1911-2014) centenarian
- Alexander Gamley (d.1906) and Fanny Vince Gamley (d.1908) stone by Henry Snell Gamley (presumed to be his parents)
- John ("Jock") Adam Porter (1894-1952) Scotland's first Isle of Man TT winner
- Thomas Ross (1839-1930) architect and partner in MacGibbon & Ross (stone fallen and damaged)
- Dr Arthur Wilson (d.1925) sculpture by Henry Snell Gamley
- Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh, by Gifford McWilliam and Walker