Jock's Lodge

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Jock's Lodge
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The Tobacco House, by Ettie Spencer, was one of the many installations during the 2008 Edinburgh Art Festival
Jock's Lodge is located in Edinburgh
Jock's Lodge
Jock's Lodge
Location within Edinburgh
OS grid referenceNT283741
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Edinburgh
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH8
Dialling code0131
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°57′18.31″N 3°9′1.47″W / 55.9550861°N 3.1504083°W / 55.9550861; -3.1504083Coordinates: 55°57′18.31″N 3°9′1.47″W / 55.9550861°N 3.1504083°W / 55.9550861; -3.1504083

Jock's Lodge is an area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It centres on the junction of London Road and Willowbrae Road (part of the A1 trunk route to London), Portobello Road and Restalrig Road South (Smokey Brae) and is an alternative name for the Meadowbank / Piershill area. Restalrig village lies to its north.

The origin of the name is uncertain, but it occurs as early as 1650. Jock is thought[by whom?] to be the name of a local shepherd in the early 17th century, with a small house near the junction of London Road and Restalrig Road South. A pub sharing the name of the area used to sit on the north-west corner of the junction but has been replaced by a modern blues bar..

The area is dominated by civil service office blocks, St Margaret's House and Meadowbank House, which were constructed in the early-1970s on the site of the St Margaret's railway locomotive depot, which was primarily for steam locomotives. From 2008, St Margaret's House has been leased to Edinburgh Palette, a registered charity which provides some 200 affordable studio spaces for designers, artists, small businesses and community organisations.

Meadowbank Stadium, immediately to the west was the location for the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games. The East Coast Main Line railway also passes by here. Many of the houses in this area are Victorian tenements.

Both Royal HSFP and Lismore RFC were formerly based in the area; Lismore RFC taking its name from nearby Lismore Crescent.[1]

The original Jock's Lodge was the first stop and change of the team horses for the original horse-drawn stagecoach run on the Edinburgh to London journey. At the back of the Jock Lodge Inn were the stables. This journey began at the White Horse Close in the Canongate, technically then just outside Edinburgh.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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