- MORNINGSIDE, a district, within the limits of the parish of St. Cuthbert, suburbs of the city of Edinburgh, 1½ mile (S. by W.) from Edinburgh; containing 1795 inhabitants. This district was separated for ecclesiastical purposes from the parish of St. Cuthbert, and comprehends a large and fine portion of the southern suburbs of the metropolis; it is richly studded with mansions, villas, and other handsome residences, and is remarkable for the salubrity and mildness of its air. The village of Morningside is a favourite summer resort of the citizens, and is delightfully situated on an acclivity beyond Boroughmuir-Head and Burntsfield-Links, looking towards the Blackford, Braid, and Pentland hills. In its immediate vicinity is the City and County Lunatic Asylum, an extensive range of building, with additions from designs by Mr. Burn. Around the village are also the old castle of Merchiston, the seat of the inventor of logarithms; Greenhill, the property of Sir John Forbes, of Pitsligo, Bart.; Burntsfield House, that of Sir George Warrender, Bart.; St. Margaret's Convent, Falcon Hall, Whitehouse, Woodburn, Canaan House, Woodville, Canaan Lodge, Millbank, Viewpark, and several others. The ecclesiastical affairs are under the superintendence of the presbytery of Edinburgh and synod of Lothian and Tweeddale; patrons, the Congregation, Trustees, and Session. The church was erected in 1837, from a design by Mr. Henderson, and is a neat building beautifully situated, containing 634 sittings. Here are also a place of worship for members of the Free Church; and a considerable academy, of some celebrity.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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