Craigmillar Castle

a C15 castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh

    Postcard published by John R Russel of Edinburgh (JRRE)  -  Craigmillar Castle 


Recollections by Eric Gold

known to many as Eric McKenzie

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold, formerly of Dumbiedykes, now living in East London, for sending me his recollections of Craigmillar Castle.

Eric wrote:

The Big Pigs

"I was looking on the web site at the surrounding area of Craigmillar Castle.  The big pigs have definitely disappeared (ha ha ha).  They were fearsome creatures and would bite you without hesitation."

Eric Gold,  East London:  February 16, 2007

Craigmillar Gala

"Craigmillar and Niddrie used to have a Gala, like a mini- festival for week, years ago, and I don't know if it still continues, but by looking at your panoramic view of what remains I doubt it.

  Panoramic View of Craigmillar

The locals would put on a show and the kids were all dressed up in costumes. 

They had a similar event in the Gilmerton area called the "Miners' Gala".  It took place on a Saturday."

Eric Gold,  East London:  March 21, 2007


In the 1990s, Craigmillar Castle was used for filming the movie 'Robert the Bruce' and the BBC historical drama, 'Ivanhoe'.

In 2002 and 2003, a Historic Scotland guide staged several performances of one-man shows at the castle.

In 2007, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 'Offstage Theatre' are to perform an adaptation of Racine's 'Phaedra' at the castle.  This will be performed promenade-style at various locations around the castle.

Edinburgh Evening News, March 20, 2007,  p.18


Edinburgh and Leith map, 1940 -  Craigmillar and Niddrie section, with key to housing areas

Notes and Maps showing areas
of Craigmillar and Niddrie




Craigmillar 1940s + 1950s       Craigmillar 1960s + 1970s        Craigmillar 1970s + 1980s

Craigmillar Castle        Craigmillar Castle Estate        Niddrie      Edinburgh


Niddrie and Craigmillar Photos       Edinburgh Photos