Davidson's Mains

Davidson's Mains is a former village which is now a district in the north west of Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] It is adjacent to the districts of Barnton, Cramond, Silverknowes, Blackhall and Corbiehill/House O'Hill.

The district is named after Davidsons Mains, mains being a farm estate, linked to William Davidson, a wealthy merchant, who bought Muirhouse, east of the district, in 1776.[2] Prior to the 19th century it was known as Muttonhole.[1] The origin of this name is unknown, though it perhaps refers to the local sheep farming industry.[3] "Mains" is a Lowland Scots term equivalent to the English home farm.

Within the district there is a variety of shops and businesses, ranging from cobblers to large supermarkets, as well as food outlets of various kinds. The district is also served by four churches, a Tesco, 2 veterinary surgery, a doctor's surgery, two dental surgeries, the Corbie and other takeaways, a primary school and a Greggs.[4] The state secondary school that serves the area is the Royal High School. There is D'mains park near the High school which has a play park and a football pitch.

The district is currently served by two bus routes run by Lothian Buses: the 21 which travels to the Gyle Centre via Clermiston and to Leith in the other direction; and the 41 which travels from Cramond to Morningside.


  1. "Davidson's Mains (Muttonhole)". Gazetteer for Scotland.
  2. http://www.grantonhistory.org/buildings/muirhouse.htm
  3. "A Brief History of Davidson's Mains". Archived from the original on 4 September 2014.
  4. "home". Davidson's Mains Primary School. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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