Murrayfield

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Murrayfield House, Edinburgh
Murrayfield House
Murrayfield Ice Rink

Murrayfield is an affluent area in the west of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is to the east of Corstorphine and Balgreen and west of Roseburn and the city centre. The A8 road runs east–west through the north of the area. Murrayfield is often considered to include the smaller neighbouring areas of Ravelston (to the north) and Roseburn (to the east), and sometimes Balgreen to the west.

History[edit]

The name comes from the estate of Archibald Murray who built Murrayfield House for himself in 1735 on the south-facing slopes over the area.[1] Alexander Murray, Lord Henderland was born here the year after its construction.

It is known mostly for containing Murrayfield Stadium, home to the Scottish national rugby union team and venue for many sporting events. In the shadow of the stadium is Murrayfield Ice Rink, which currently hosts the Edinburgh Capitals ice hockey team and previously played host to the famous Murrayfield Racers. In the 2006-07 season, Heart of Midlothian played their UEFA Champions League ties at Murrayfield. Murrayfield Stadium has also been the venue for some large concerts.

In addition to the stadium, there is Murrayfield Tennis Club and Murrayfield Golf Course which is between Ravelston and Corstorphine Hill. Next to this is Easter Belmont Road (a private road), one of Edinburgh's "Millionaire's Rows" and is home to local businessman David Murray. Aside from sports facilities, there is a lot of residential land use, and a private hospital, Spire Murrayfield Hospital[2], part of the Spire Healthcare group. There are also small numbers of shops, businesses including a Nissan dealership, and hotels.

Schools[edit]

The well-known independent schools, St. George's School for Girls and the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools (The Mary Erskine School for girls and Stewart's Melville College) are situated in the Murrayfield area. ESMS schools are owned by the Merchant Company of Edinburgh.

The local primary school for most is Roseburn Primary School and Murrayfield is part of the Craigmount High School catchment area. The nearest Roman Catholic schools are Fox Covert R.C. Primary School and St. Augustine's High School.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Chris Hoy grew up on the boundary of Corstorphine and Murrayfield.[3]

References[edit]

  • Bell, Raymond MacKean Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh, Leamington Books, Edinburgh 2017
  • 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
  • Cosh, Mary Edinburgh the Golden Age (2003), Birlinn, Edinburgh
  • Grant, James, Old and new Edinburgh' volumes 1–3 (or 1–6, edition dependent), Cassell, 1880s (published as a periodical): Online edition
  • Harris, Stuart (1996). The Place Names of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 0-903065-83-5.
  • Sherman, Robin Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine (2003)
  1. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford, McWilliam and Walker
  2. ^ "Spire Edinburgh, Murrayfield & Shawfairpark Hospital | Private Hospital in Edinburgh | Spire Healthcare". www.spireedinburgh.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  3. ^ Bell, Raymond MacKean (2017). Literary Corstorphine: A reader's guide to West Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Leamington Books. ISBN 9780244644406. 

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Coordinates: 55°56′48.13″N 3°14′44.15″W / 55.9467028°N 3.2455972°W / 55.9467028; -3.2455972