Did you know the history behind some of Edinburgh's most famous streets?

The weird origins of 20 Edinburgh street names

Considering that Edinburgh is home to literary sons and daughters through the ages, it's unsurprising that Edinburgh's street names have poetic and playful origins.

Here are some of the weird and wonderful origins of some of Edinburgh's street names - did you know where their names came from?

In the Meadowbank area, the inspiration for Cadzow Place came from the Lanarkshire village of Cadzow, which was the setting for Sir Walter Scotts ballad of Cadzow Castle.

5. Cadzow Place

In the Meadowbank area, the inspiration for Cadzow Place came from the Lanarkshire village of Cadzow, which was the setting for Sir Walter Scotts ballad of Cadzow Castle.
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Off Holyrood Road, this mainly residential street was named after a school for the deaf and dumb which once sat on the boundaries of Holyrood Park.

6. Dumbiedykes Road

Off Holyrood Road, this mainly residential street was named after a school for the deaf and dumb which once sat on the boundaries of Holyrood Park.
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In years gone by, this Fringe hotspot was referred to as The Pleasant. The unusual name was taken from a convent, named after St Mary of Placentia.

7. Pleasance

In years gone by, this Fringe hotspot was referred to as The Pleasant. The unusual name was taken from a convent, named after St Mary of Placentia.
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Originally meant to be named after the city's patron saint, Giles, King George III associated the name with a London slum and said "he would have none of it", and was therefore changed to honour George's sons, the Royal Princes.

8. Princes Street

Originally meant to be named after the city's patron saint, Giles, King George III associated the name with a London slum and said "he would have none of it", and was therefore changed to honour George's sons, the Royal Princes.
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