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Gogar, Edinburghshire

Historical Description

GOGAR, a hamlet, in the parish of Corstorphine, county of Edinburgh, 2 miles (W.) from Corstorphine; containing 32 inhabitants. The lands of Gogar anciently formed a parish, which merged after the Reformation into the adjoining parishes of Corstorphine, Kirkliston, and Ratho. This estate was given by King Robert Bruce to Alexander Seton, one of his companions in arms; and for a long series of years subsequently, it was a possession of successive influential families. The hamlet is in that division of the ancient parish incorporated with Corstorphine, and, though now very small and unimportant, is said to have been a considerable village, at one time numbering 300 inhabitants: the road from Corstorphine to Brocksburn passes through it, and the Gogar burn flows in its vicinity, on the south and west. A small portion of the church still exists; and there is a school, supported by subscription.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis