Cargil Prep School was the first prep school to be established in
- The school was established between Cargill Terrace and Darnell
Road in Trinity, North Edinburgh in 1873 .
- The school moved to Barnton, NW Edinburgh in 1898.
have been taken from the
Cargilfield web site,
with acknowledgement to Hazel, Cargilfield School (2 emails)
Who was Mr Cargil
The school was founded by the Reverend Charles Darnell, but where does
the name Cargilfield come from.
Was that, perhaps, the name of the field that the school was built on
in 1873. Was this a field owned by a Mr Cargil? If so, who was
Edinburgh: 13 December 2015
Thank you to Brian Alexander who
investigated, then wrote:
1. Cargilfield is shown on the OS map
[Edinburgh 1892-1905] (on
NLS maps site) as
being situated between Wardie Road and Trinity Road. The map shows
buildings and open ground, but has no further info.
2. Stuart Harris' book, 'The Place Names
of Edinburgh', (Pub. Steve Savage,
London & Edinburgh. 2002) says:
"CARGILFIELD (Trinity) is spoken of
by Grant as though it had once been an alternative name for Wardie
Mains, but is shown on Ainslie 1804 as one of a group of properties
on the west side of South Trinity Road; and the name probably
derives from some early owner called Cargil.
CARGIL TERRACE was formed along the
land's north boundary by 1892 and CARGIL COURT was named in 1963.
DARNELL ROAD was named in 1904, a
year or two after Cargilfield School, founded here by the Revd
Daniel Darnell, removed to its new building at King's Cramond."
3 . In James Grant's 'Old & New
Edinburgh' (Pub. 1880s, Vol VI,
p.307) See web site,
I can only find the following:
"An old property long known as
Cargilfield .......... ."
1 . Rev. Charles Darnell may have been a minister with the Free
Church of Scotland at Granton, but I'm still checking that one.
Alexander, Prestonfield, Edinburgh: 13 December 2015 (2 emails)