Note This parish lies south-east of Edinburgh. Do not confuse with Libberton in Lanarkshire, which is sometimes called `Libberton in Clydesdale'. In old documents, both parishes are arbitrarily spelt with one or two `b's. Note also that, in addition to the `Niddry' in Liberton, there is a `Niddry' in Kirkliston WLN.
This page lists some of the available sources of information about Liberton before 1900, in particular, records that are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, where many of the records are open to the public at no charge.
The Old Parish Registers of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials (1624-1854), the Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths beginning on 1 Jan 1855 and the census records for the parish for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 may be seen, in person, in Edinburgh, at the ScotlandsPeople Centre. See details at the website for the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Indexes and actual records for the Old Parish Registers, Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths and Censuses are also available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople. The statutory records of births can be seen at that site from 1855 up to 100 years ago; of marriages, from 1855 up to 75 years ago; for deaths, from 1855 up to 50 years ago. More recent records can be ordered.
The Old Parish Registers and census records are also widely available in libraries on microfilm. Microfiche indexes to the pre-1855 registers of baptisms/births and marriages (for all Midlothian) and of the censuses of 1881 and 1891 are also widely available.
The parish of Liberton lies within the area covered by the Lothians Family History Society.
|NLS||National Library of Scotland|
|NRS||National Records of Scotland, formerly called the National Archives of Scotland [NAS] and, before that, the Scottish Record Office [SRO]|
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY (Tel: +44-131-535-1314)
|OPR||Old Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)|
- Ferenbach, Campbell Annals of Liberton (Edinburgh: 1975)
- Good, George Liberton in Ancient and Modern Times (Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1893)
- Simpson, W. Douglas Craigmillar Castle [short pamphlet]
- Speedy, Tom Craigmillar and its Environs (Selkirk: Geo. Lewis, 1892)
- Whyte, Thomas Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Vol. 1, pp. 292-388, (1792). Pages 292-327 of Whyte's article are here.
- Old Statistical Account (1795): Vol. 6, pp. 506-9 [very concise abridgement of article (part of which is here) by late Rev. Mr Thomas Whyte of Stockbriggs]
New Statistical Account (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1845): Vol. 1, pp. 1-28, written March & August 1839 by Rev. James Begg [with map of Midlothian parishes]
1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1955; shows Liberton at top right
1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1852, published 1855; shows Liberton at right
1:2500 (25 inch) Ordnance Survey map - published 1895; shows Craigmillar, Little France, Moredun
For the full range of maps of Liberton in the National Library, see National Library's Maps.
There are no Ordnance Survey maps before the 1850s.
Ordnance Survey 1:2500 scale map (Edinburghshire sheet 3.16), surveyed 1896 (reproduced as Liberton Dams at scale of ca. 1:4340 or 15 inches to the mile by Alan Godfrey.
For a selection of maps of Edinburgh, see EdinPhoto: Maps.
ScotlandsPlaces: Liberton - an extensive collection of photographs, maps and records
EdinPhoto: Craigmillar & Niddrie - old photographs of Craigmillar & Niddrie.
EdinPhoto: Gilmerton - old photographs of Gilmerton.
EdinPhoto: Liberton - old photographs of Liberton.
Geograph.org: Liberton Village - recent photographs of Liberton Village. National Grid ref. NT2769.
Geograph.org: Mortonhall - recent photographs of Mortonhall. National Grid ref. NT2668.
ScotlandsPlaces: Liberton - an extensive collection of photographs, maps and records
Located at National Grid ref. NT275695 in the Kirkgate, Liberton, Edinburgh. Present building is by Gillespie Graham, 1815. Photo of Liberton Kirk
adm.: admitted, ass.: assistant, bapt.: baptised, contr.: contract, dem.: demitted, dep.: deposed, ind.: inducted, lic.: licensed, mar.: married, min.: minister, ord.: ordained, pres.: presented, rel.: related, res.: resigned, suc.: successor, test.: testament, tr.: translated
|Alexander Forrester||1562 - 1564?||tr. to Jedburgh before 25 Jun 1566|
|Andrew Blackhall||1564 - 1569?||tr. to Ormiston after 5 Jun 1567|
|Thomas Cranston||1569 - 1579||adm. 1 Aug 1579, minr. in Peebles 1571-74, d. 21 May 1585|
|John Davidson||1579 - 1584||demitted 7 Oct 1584, adm. to Prestonpans 1596|
|Michael Cranston||1586 - 1590||tr. from Selkirk & pres. 8 Mar 1586, tr. to Cramond 1590|
|James Bennet||1591 - 1609?||tr. May 1591, d. before 20 Mar 1609|
|John Adamson||1609 - 1623||b. 1576, adm. 20 Mar 1609, tr. to be Principal of Edinburgh University 1623, d. 1651|
|John Cranston||1624 - 1627||pres. 12 Mar 1624, tr. to S. Leith 1627|
|Andrew Learmonth||1627 - 1639||pres. 7 Sep 1627, deposed 1639, d. 4 Nov 1662|
|Archibald Newton||1639 - 1657||b. 1605, tr. from Duddingston & adm. 19 May 1639, d. 2 Jun 1657|
|Andrew Cant||1659 - 1673||adm. 10 Mar 1659, tr. to Trinity College Kirk, Edinburgh, 13 Jul 1673|
|Ninian Paterson||1674 - 1683||tr. & adm. 14 Oct 1674, deposed for immorality 1683, d. Dec 1688, aged ca. 52|
|Robert Farquhar||1683 - 1687||tr. & installed 12 Apr 1683, d. 6 Mar 1687|
|Alexander Cumming||1689||deprived 14 May 1689, d. 26 Apr 1713, aged 60|
|James Webster||1689 - 1691||ord. to congregation at Craigmillar 1688, minr. from 17 May 1689, tr. to Whitekirk 1691|
|Gideon Jacque||1692? - 1695||adm. before 16 Oct 1692, returned to Ireland 1695|
|Samuel Semple||1697 - 1742||b. 1666, ord. 31 Aug 1697, d. 7 Jan 1742|
|John Jardine||1741 - 1750||ord. assistant & successor 30 Jul 1741, tr. to Lady Yester's Kirk, Edinburgh, 6 Dec 1750|
|David Moubray||1751||tr. & adm. 28 May 1751, d. 3 Oct 1751, aged 35|
|Thomas Whyte||1752 - 1789||b. 1717, ord. 20 Aug 1752, d. 13 Jan 1789|
|James Grant||1789 - 1831||b. 1760, ord. 18 Aug 1789, d. 8 Jun 1831|
|William Purdie||1832 - 1834||b. 23 Oct 1805, ord. 26 Jan 1832, d. 16 Nov 1834|
|James Begg||1835 - 1843||b. 31 Oct 1808, tr. & adm. 25 Jun 1835, joined Free Kirk at disruption 1843|
|John Stewart||1843 - 1879||b. 26 Jun 1793, tr. & adm. 28 Sep 1843, d. 27 Dec 1879|
|William Henry Gray||1880 - 1898||b. 13 Feb 1825, tr. & adm. 3 Jun 1880, d. 6 Dec 1908|
|Robert Burnett||1898 - 1928||b. 11 Jan 1865, ord. 21 Jul 1898, d. 22 May 1928|
|John Spence Ewen||1928 - 1941||tr. from Buccleuch 5 Dec 1928; d. 16 Sep 1941|
- John Robertson (m. Helen Craik, 12 June 1656 Edinburgh & Liberton)
- Mr John McKenzie, schoolmaster at Liberton, buried 22 Dec 1688
These are online at ScotlandsPeople.
These are online at ScotlandsPeople.
They are also widely available on microfilm in libraries and Family History Societies. Microfiche indexes (for all Midlothian) of the baptisms/births and banns/marriages in these registers are also widely available in libraries and Family History Societies.
- 1624 - Jul 1650
- Jul 1650 - Oct 1651 - only 1 entry
- Oct 1651 - Dec 1854
- Jul 1631 - Apr 1632 - one page of entries
- Jul 1654 - Sep 1681
- May 1683 - Jan 1684
- Dec 1685 - Dec 1854
- includes reg. for Meeting House at Craigmillar May 1688 - Sep 1710
Mentions of people in the parish of Liberton found in the marriage register of the parish of Edinburgh:
Mentions of people in the parish of Liberton found in the marriage register of the parish of Canongate:
- For 1564-1800
- 1647 - May 1689
- Mar 1691 - 1819
All inscriptions in Liberton Kirkyard are in R. Torrance (ed.), North-East Midlothian Monumental Inscriptions, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0-901061-88-3.
An index of names and images of some monuments in Liberton Kirkyard are available at the Kirk's own website at Liberton Ancestors.
There is no transcript or index of monumental inscriptions in Liberton Cemetery, so far as I know.
|1755||2793||(Dr Alexander Webster)|
|Autumn 1786||3457||(Mr Thomas Whyte, p. 373)|
Population details here
|1795||(Old Statistical Account)|
NRS ref. E.70/8/12 (relates to 6-12 November 1694)
NRS ref. E.70/15/1 (receipts for poll money, 9-12 November 1694 - just 4 items)
Manuscript transcript available in Scottish Genealogy Society Library. Also now published as part of R. Torrance (ed.), North-East Midlothian Monumental Inscriptions, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0-901061-88-3. Contains names of 1071 heads of household and some others; wives and children are mentioned but in most cases not named. Unfortunately, some of the sub-headings such as 'cottars' and 'servants' of this publication are misleading; they mark where lists of cottars or servants begin, but fail to indicate where the lists end.
NRS ref. E.69/16/1 [but for Brunstane, see entries therein for Duddingston parish]
These are online at ScotlandsPeople.
Census records are also widely available in libraries (such as the Scottish Genealogy Society's Library and Edinburgh Central Library) on microfilm. Microfiche indexes to the censuses of 1881 and 1891 are also widely available.
Indexes to the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses have been published by the Lothians Family History Soc.
The censuses of 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 do not name individuals.
Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
- MS1498 Delvine Papers: Liberton Poor's Funds 1759-1761
Details of some of the individual baronies are here.
- Craigmillar & Nether Liberton
- Goodtrees (now called Moredun)
- Niddrie Marischal
- Upper (or Over) Liberton
B. = Burgess; G. = gildbrother; C. = Edinburgh Town Council
dr. = daughter; fr. = father; s. = son; w. = wife
mt. = merchant; p. = apprentice; yr = younger
dec. = deceased; umq. = umquhile, i.e. deceased
|name||designation||admitted as||by right of||date|
|Mr Johne Adamson||minister at Libbertoune (corslet)||B. and G.||w. Marioune, dr. to umq. Thomas Achmmoutie, mt., B. and G.||14 Feb. 1610|
|William Anderson||farmer at Upper Libertoun||B.||fr. Wm. A., indweller, B.||1 Mar. 1758|
|David Anderson||hatmaker||B.||fr., farmer at Libberton, B. and G.||4 Sept. 1771|
|James Anderson||indweller||B.||fr. Wm. A., farmer at Liberton, B.||15 Sept. 1796|
|John Begrie||grocer||B.||w. Ann, dr. of Adam Henderson, indweller in Morton in the parish of Libberton, B.||2 Aug. 1775|
|Capt. Mathew Campbell||mt.||B. and G.||w. Mrs. Magdalen, dr. to dec. Sir Francis Kinloch of Gilmertoun, B. and G.||17 Sept. 1712|
|Mr Andrew Cant||minister at the kirk of Libbertoun||B. and G.||gratis||20 Jan. 1660|
|William Cleghorn||miller, Nether Libberton||B.||w. Jean, dr. of Robert Veitch, silk dyer||29 July 1817|
|Johne Falconer of Newtoun||B. and G.||w. Elizabeth, dr. to umq. Mr Johne Cant of Morton, B. and G.||9 Dec. 1657|
|Thomas Gibson||servitor to (Francis Kinloch of) Gilmerton, yor.||B. and G.||gratis||9 May 1679|
|James Gray||baker in Gilmerton||B. and G.||w. Janet, dr. of James Reid, mt.||6 Oct. 1819|
|Patrick Henderson||indweller in Liberton||B.||fr. Patrick H., baxter, B.||3 Sept. 1735|
|Adam Henderson||indweller in Morton in the parish of Libberton||B.||fr. Patrick H., indweller in Libberton, B.||6 May 1772|
|Walter Henderson||residing at Blackford||B.||fr. Adam H., indweller in Merten [Morton] in the parish of Libberton, B.||24 July 1783|
|Mr John Jardine||minister at Libertoun||B. and G.||w. Jean, dr. to George Drummond, Esq., Lord Provost, gratis, by act of C. for good services. (Entry in Minutes of the Town Council)||25 Feb. 1747|
|Patrick Johnstoun||lait servitor to Francis Kinloch, yor., of Gilmertoun||B. and G.||gratis, by act of C. of 27 Aug.||8 Sept. 1686|
|Francis Kinloch, yr of Gilmerton||B. and G.||s. to present Lord Provost, Sir Francis K. of G., gratis, by act of C. of 9 May||25 June 1679|
|James Kinloch||B. and G.||s. to present Lord Provost, Sir Francis K. of Gilmerton, gratis, by act of C. of 9 May 1679||25 June 1679|
|Mr David Kinloch||B. and G.||fr. Sir Francis K. of Gilmerton, Bart., B. and G., gratis, by act of C. for good services||10 Nov. 1736|
|Sir Francis Kinloch of Gilmerton||B. and G.||umq. fr. Sir Francis K. of G., B. and G. (Lord of Session), gratis, by act of C. of 23 inst.||21 July 1708|
|Gabriel Little of Libertoun||B. and G.||late grandfather --- Little, late provost of this city, gratis, by act of C, dispensing with his father's not entering (Wm. Little, provost 1586 and 1591)||2 Dec. 1724|
|William Charles Little of Libberton, Esq.||B. and G.||gratis, by act of C. for his generous gift of the water on his ground||6 Sept. 1786|
|--- Mitchell||in Libertoune||B.||gratis, for his paines in finding out the spring that brings the water to the citie||23 Dec. 1674|
|Walter Mitchell||farmer at Mortoun||B. and G.||w. Agnes, dr. to Wm. Somervell, skinner, deacon||23 Aug. 1738|
|John Peacock||indweller in Libbertoun||B. and G.||by act of C. of 11 Jan.||18 Jan. 1660|
(apprenticed 26 Nov. 1735)
|at Nether Libberton||B.||as p. to Thomas Ferguson, mt., B.||29 Mar. 1758|
(apprenticed 6 Dec. 1738)
|late brewer at Hamilton's Folly, now officer of Excise,||B. and G.||as p. to Thomas Trotter of Mortonhall, late brewer, B. and G.||11 Jan. 1775|
|Mr Thomas Rig (Rigg) of Morton||advocate, one of the sheriffs-depute of Midlothian||B. and G.||fr. Mr Thomas R., writer, B. and G., gratis, by act of C. of 1 Mar. 1710||8 Mar. 1710|
|Mr Thomas Rig of Morton||advocate||B. and G.||fr. Mr Thomas R., gratis, by act of C. for good services||2 Jan. 1760|
|John Ross||servitor to Francis Kinloch of Gilmerton, Lord Provost||B. and G.||s. to Wm. R., B. and G., gratis, by act of C.||31 Oct. 1677|
|Alexander Rowan||servitor to Sir Francis Kinloch of Gilmertoun, late Lord Provost||B. and G.||gratis, by act of C. of 2 May||18 July 1688|
|James Runsheman (Runchiman)||servitor to (Mr George Winrahame) the Laird of Libertoun||B.||by act of C., gratis||27 Dec. 1648|
|David Salmon||tenant in Stenhouse, parish of Libberton||B.||6 Mar. 1783|
|Andrew Scott||King's Constable of Excise for Scotland||B.||w. Marjory, dr. of Adam Henderson, indweller in Morton||3 Aug. 1786|
|Mr Samuel Semple||minister at Libberton||B. and G.||gratis, by act of C. of 22 Jan. 1720 for good service done||24 Feb. 1720|
|William Sheills||gardener in Brunstain||B. and G.||admission by Magnus Prince, treasurer||8 Sept. 1680|
|Patrick Taylor||late servant to Henry Trotter of Mortonhall||B.||gratis||18 May 1681|
|Henry Trotter of Mortoun Hall||B. and G.||umq. fr. John T. of M., gratis, by act of C. of 11 Feb.||16 Feb. 1676|
|Thomas Trotter||s. to John T. of Mortounhall||B. and G.||grandfather Henry T. of M., B. and G., dispensing with fr.'s omission to enter. (Entry in Minutes of the Town Council.)||14 Mar. 1729|
|Thomas Trotter||s. to John T. of Mortonhall||B. and G.||said fr., who had right through his fr. Henry T. of M., dispensing with omission to enter, by act of C. of 14 March inst. (Entry in Burgess Roll)||26 Mar. 1729|
|John Wilson||druggist||B. and G.||w. Marjory, dr. of Walter Mitchell, farmer at Morton, B. and G.||8 June 1768|
|Mr George Wynrahame of Libertoun||B. and G.||gratis, by act of C. of this date||27 Dec. 1648|
The registers of sasines (changes of ownership of land) for the Sheriffdom of Edinburgh (which includes Liberton) can be seen in person in the Historical Search Room at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Indexes to all extant pre-1926 testamentary records (wills & inventories of moveable property) can be searched free of charge at ScotlandsPeople. Digital (and paper) copies of the documents can be purchased at that site.
Note that hardly any of these testaments before 1800 include the will of the deceased, being largely accounts of the 'goods and gear' of the deceased and of debts owed and owing. Some of them mention relatives.
Lib = Liberton; Gil = Gilmerton; Nid = Niddry; Edr = Edinburgh
par. = parish; portr. = portioner; rel = relict;
serv = servant; sher. = sheriffdom; sp = spouse; s.t. = sometime
16th century testaments of people with Liberton connexions
|Robert Aitken||in Todhills, par. of Liberton. (See also Jonet Purdie.)||21 Feb 1578-9|
|Thomas Bordland||in St Katherine's, par. of Liberton. (See also Margaret Thomson.)||17 Dec. 1586|
|Mr Thomas Cranstoun||minister of Liberton||23 Feb 1587-8|
|Jane Crichton||rel of John Prestoun of Quhythill||14 Dec. 1593|
|Patrik Darling||in Stratoun, par. of Liberton, sher. of Edinburgh||27 Jan 1591-2|
|Richard Dickson||indweller in Mortoun||16 May 1580|
|John Fiddes||maltman in Over-Libbertoun||23 Feb. 1576-7|
|Alexander Gourlaw||in Gilmertoun||14 Dec. 1590|
|Mungo Greig||indweller in Mortounhall||9 Mar. 1576-7|
|William Hepburn||goodman of Gilmertoun||24 Nov. 1586|
|John Liberton||in Nether-Liberton, sher. of Edinburgh||26 Dec. 1597|
|Dame Isobel Lindsay, Lady Borthuik||sp to George Prestoun, s.t. of Cameron||27 Apr. 1580|
|Robert Peacock||in the Brigend||See Wilson, Marion.|
|Thomas Peacock||in Cammeroun, par. of Liberton. (See also Margaret Wilson.)||5 Apr. 1592|
|George Prestoun, s.t. of Cameron||See Lindesay, Dame Isobel|
|John Prestoun of Quhythill [Whitehill]||See also Jane Crichton.||14 Dec 1593|
|Jonet Purdie||rel of Robert Aitkin, in Todhills, par. of Liberton||21 Feb 1578-9|
|Margaret Thomson||sp of Thomas Bordland, in St. Katherine's, par. of Liberton||17 Dec. 1586|
|John Tod||indweller in Over-Libertoun||3 May 1581|
|AndroWilson||in Carnetows, par. of Liberton||20 Apr. 1586|
|Margaret Wilson||s.t. sp to Thomas Pacok, in Cammeroun, par. of Liberton||5 Apr. 1592|
|Marion Wilson||s.t. sp to Robert Pacok, in the Brigend, par. of Liberton||29 Nov 1582|
Testaments of people with Liberton connexions, 1601-1800 - just a few so far
|John Anderson||mason in Upper Lib||9.12.1736|
|William Armour||coalier at Nid||26.6.1784|
|William Auchinleck (Affleck)||smith at Mortonhall||9.2.1754|
|James Ayton||son of Walt. A. in Over Lib||12.2.1702|
|Walter Ayton||in Over Lib (see also Bessie Crightoun, James Ayton)||12.2.1702|
|William Balleny||oversman to Sir John Baird's coal work at Gil||16.10.1744, 20.12.1744|
|Robert Brown||indweller in Stenhouse (see Marion Swan)||-|
|Janet Cairns||rel of Robt Peacock at Lib Kirk||20.6.1745|
|Dr Patrick Campbell||late of Jamaica, afterwards residing at Lib Kirk||2.3.1787|
|William Carse||gardener in Nid||17.7.1747|
|Alexander Clark||shipmaster in Dundee, thereafter residing at Stanedykhead||2.11.1799|
|John Cleghorn||brewer at Burnhead||16.3.1763|
|George Colvill||portr. & feuar in the West-field of Stenhouse||4.2.1744|
|John Craw||farmer in Nid||5.12.1744|
|Bessie Crightoun||sp to Wm Ayton in Over Lib||12.2.1702|
|Thomas Currie||tenant in Carthall||15.3.1742|
|Thomas Davidson||wright in Over Lib||5.12.1711|
|James Dewar||tenant at Brigend||20.11.1723|
|John Dewar||wright in Nether Lib||26.7.1710|
|William Don||tenant of Cameron & residenter at Clearburn||9.8.1733|
|Alexander Gray||farmer in Nid||21.11.1737, 9.3.1739|
|John Handyside||tenant at Lib Kirk||22.3.1749|
|Robert Kerr||architect & tacksman of the coalwork at Gil||27.4.1721|
|Jean Mathie||sp of James Stevenson, farmer in Braid (see also Walter Stevenson)||19.12.1735|
|William Mathie||farmer in Myreside (see Jean Mathie)||-|
|William Mitchell||in Over Lib (see Jonet Symington)||-|
|Robert Peacock||at Lib Kirk (see Janet Cairns)||-|
|John Pringle||brewer in Gil||3.2.1786|
|David Ramsay||late tenant in Brokenbridge||12.1.1763|
|John Ramsay||tenant in Southhouse||24.7.1770|
|Marion Ramsay||rel of Robt Swan, carter at Greenend||13.8.1761|
|John Reid||surgeon at Reidhouse||23.12.1718|
|Euphan Robertson||rel of John Veitch, tenant in Gil||24.5.1771|
|James Robertson||baxter in Gil||14.4.1740|
|Gideon Rutherford||of Green Park||31.1.1789|
|John Scougall||wright in Gil||20.6.1753|
|Mr Samuel Semple||minister at Lib||11.3.1742|
|James Seton||mert. in Edr, residenter at Cameron||16.4.1784|
|William Spottiswood||farmer in Stenhouse||26.5.1707|
|Adam Steel||tenant in Drum||9.1.1749|
|James Stevenson||farmer in Braid (see Walter Stevenson)||-|
|Walter Stevenson||serv to John Baird of Gil, lawful son of decd. James S., farmer in Braid & Jean Mathie (sister to decd. Wm M., farmer in Myreside)||19.12.1735|
|John Stewart||tenant in Southouse-Kaims||26.7.1749|
|William Straiton||tenant in Straiton||21.6.1749|
|Marion Swan||rel of Robert Brown, indweller in Stenhouse||27.1.1748|
|Robert Swan||carter at Greenend (see Marion Ramsay)||-|
|Jonet Symington||rel of William Mitchell in Over Lib||3.1.1682|
|John Veitch||tenant in Gil (see Euphan Robertson)||-|