Caroline Park


Early House  -  16th Century

In 1683, the estate of Royston, with a large house, built by Andrew Logan, about 1585 on the eastern side of Granton Burn, was bought by Sir George Mackenzie of Tarbat.

Extension  -  17th Century

Over the next 13 years, this 'L-shaped' house was extended to become a quadrangle, and the main approach to the house was moved from the north to the south.

The general outline of the house is French.  On the front of the house, the date '1696' is carved on a frieze.

Tarbat tried, unsuccessfully to sell the house to the Government to become an official residence of the Lord Chancellor in 1705.

2nd Duke of Argyll  -  18th Century

Tarbat died in 1714.  His son inherited the estate and in 1739 sold it to John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll.

Argyll also bought land on the western side of Granton Burn and named the whole estate Caroline Park after his daughter.  He gave the estate to her in 1743, shortly before his death.

In 1742, Lady Caroline had married Francis, Earl of Dalkeith and heir to the dukedom of Buccleuch, so the estate passed to the Buccleuch family.

Buccleuch Family  -  19th Century

From 1802 to 1835, the house was leased by the Buccleuch family to  Archibald Cockburn, Sheriff of Midlothian, Baron of the Exchequer and  father of Lord Cockburn, the conservationist after whom the Cockburn Association is named.

A B Fleming & Co  -  20th Century

The area around the house became more industrial in the 19th and early 20th century.  The house was sold to A B Fleming & Co who owned printing ink works nearby, in 1921 and used as their Head Office until 1966.  It is still occupied today.


C16-17:  'The Buildings of Scotland - Edinburgh' (John Gifford et al.)  Penguin Books, 1984

C18-20:  'Stranger on the Shore - A short history of Granton' (James Gracie),
              Argyll Publishing, 2003 
[ISBN 1 902831 535]