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Not to be confused with Gilmorton.
Gilmerton Post Office, Edinburgh.jpg
Gilmerton Post Office
Gilmerton is located in Edinburgh
Gilmerton shown within Edinburgh
OS grid reference NT2969
• Edinburgh 4 miles (6.4 km)
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Post town Edinburgh
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EdinburghCoordinates: 55°54′25″N 3°08′04″W / 55.9069°N 3.1344°W / 55.9069; -3.1344

Gilmerton (Scottish Gaelic: Baile GhilleMhoire) is a suburb of Edinburgh, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of the city centre.

The toponym "Gilmerton" is derived from a combination of Scottish Gaelic: Gille-Moire[citation needed]– a personal name and later surname meaning "Servant of [the Virgin] Mary", from which comes the first element, "Gilmer", – and Old English: ton meaning "settlement" or "farmstead".[citation needed] Versions of the name are recorded from the middle of the 12th century.[citation needed]

Gilmerton used to be a coal mining village. Below its centre is a series of shallow linked caves collectively called Gilmerton Cove. Traditionally they were attributed to the work of a local blacksmith, George Paterson,[citation needed] who supposedly completed excavations in 1724 and lived in the caves for several years,[citation needed] although there may be reasons to doubt this.[citation needed]


Gilmerton compared Gilmerton Edinburgh
White 89.7% 91.7%
Asian 7.3% 5.5%
Black 1.1% 1.2%
Mixed 0.6% 0.9%
Other 1.3% 0.8%


The Kinloch baronets lived in Gilmerton House to the south-west of the village. Infamously Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, 7th Baronet, murdered his half-brother Sir Francis Kinloch in Gilmerton House, in 1795 in part to inherit his baronetcy.[1]

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  1. ^ The Trial of Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch for the Murder of Sir Francis Kinloch his Brother-German, 1795