New Year is often a time for planning the future and for reflection on times past. This Hogmanay I walked round some old haunts in Corstorphine, the suburb of Edinburgh where I lived for eighteen years.
Corstorphine was a village and parish until it was incorporated into the city of Edinburgh in 1920.
The current main road heading west,known as the Glasgow Road by passes the centre of the old village.Sheltered by Corstorphine Hill from the north and neighbouring two lochs which were later drained,the village grew around the church and castle,guarding the western approaches to Edinburgh.
The Corstorphine Trust have a heritage trail that centres around the old parish church.The church occupies the site of a former chapel mentioned in a charter of 1128 and is the final resting place for members of the Forrester family,who held the local lands from 1347-1713. A short walk leads to Corstorphine Doocot,the last remaining building of the former castle.
From the doocot a walk along the main street past the old Corstorphine inn leads to St Margaret's park and the Dower House, home to The Corstorphine Trust archive.
Corstorphine is also a surname, which according to George Black's The Surnames of Scotland derives from the parish and village.However most records for the surname refer to a long standing family of Corstorphine in Fife.
Other useful sites for Corstorphine research are:
Parish of Corstorphine ( which has post office directories,war dead,names of headmasters etc)
Corstorphine Headstones (photographs of headstones with transcriptions in the old parish churchyard