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Edinburgh, Duddingston, 62, 64 The Causeway, Bella Vista

House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Duddingston, 62, 64 The Causeway, Bella Vista

Classification House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Duddingston Village

Canmore ID 139273

Site Number NT27SE 3729

NGR NT 28303 72761

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 3729.00 28303 72761

NT27SE 3729.01 NT 28280 72760 Pavilion

NT27SE 3729.02 NT 28328 72768 Studio; Former Billiards-House


Standing Building Recording (24 November 2007 - 24 April 2008)

NT 2830 7270 Investigation of the structures and walls (internal and boundary) at the property during 24 November 2007–24 April 2008 recorded the history of function, form and ownership relating to the re-establishment of Duddingston Village from the late 18th century.

During the 19th century the owners of Hawthorn Brae (to the E) and Bella Vista (to the W), used the areas for

various functions, including a market garden, stables and bowling green. In the 20th century a structure now known as the Dairy was created from two pre-existing structures, and the upper level was developed with the building of a brick stables in the 1950s. The whole group is linked by a side vennel on the W and is built on three distinct levels or terraces into the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat to the N.

The most important, intact and visible alteration is a unifying screen wall that fronts the Causeway, uniting the

property of Hawthorn Brae. This wall of yellow sandstone was built c1817 with the establishment of the Villa and grounds. Bella Vista’s history of ownership, expansion and access is well recorded in the western boundary of the site.

As a whole, the site is a unique example of the development of Duddingston as a settlement for rich businessmen, with well appointed villas, private spaces and utilitarian buildings such as stables and a dairy.

Archive: RCAHMS

Funder: The National Trust for Scotland

David Connolly (Connolly Heritage Consultancy), 2008


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