How much do you know about the names of the streets of Portobello?
How much do you know about the names of the streets of Portobello?

Portobello Street Name Meanings: Here are the fascinating stories behind 10 of the roads in the Edinburgh neighbourhood

They are road names that many Edinburgh residents are familiar with – and each of them has an interesting story behind it.

Tuesday, 26th April 2022, 2:56 pm

Edinburgh has a fascinating history dating back thousands of years, with evidence of a settlement in the Cramond area from around 8500 BC.

The city’s name comes from ‘Eidyn’, the name for the region in Cumbric – the Brittonic language spoken in the Northern England and Lowland Scotland in the Middle Ages.

At this time a stronghold on Castle Rock was called Din Eidyn, literally meaning ‘the hillfort of Eidyn’. As the Scots language evolve d, the Din was replaced by ‘burh’, creating Edinburgh.

And there are plenty more clues to the Capital’s complex past in the names of the streets, roads, and lanes that make up the city, all of which come from a multitude of languages, backgrounds and people.

Previously called Figgate Muir, Portobello got its name thanks to a seaman called George Hamilton who built a cottage on what is now the High Street in 1742.

Hamilton had served under Admiral Edward Vernon when a British fleet of boats attacked and captured the Panamanian port of Porto Bello from the Spanish in 1739.

He named the cottage Portobello Hut in honour of the victory and the name was used for the growing number of homes that began to spring up around it.

Here are the stories behind 10 of the road names in Portobello.

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