Broughton History Society


The Society was founded in 1996 to promote an interest in the history of Broughton, and in local history generally. Currently we have a membership of about 60.

We are a friendly group of local (and not so local) people who share an interest in the history of our 'village'.  In the heart of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, the old village of Broughton on the north-east side was long ago absorbed into the spreading city. But traces remain today and members are involved in researching more of its past.

From September to May we hold a wide-ranging programme of monthly lectures on Monday evenings at Dummond Community High School (see below), and throughout the year organise a number of visits to places of historical interest within the locality.

Membership is open to everyone. Annual subscription is £12 (cheques made payable to Broughton History Society). Benefits include free copies of our Newsletter (click on image or 'Newsletter back issues', top right) with articles of interest contributed by members, free entry to lectures, and priority booking on Society excursions.

Subscriptions are payable in September each year, or on joining.

For further information and/or to join the Society please contact:

Chair: Richard Love,  Tel. 0131 556 1488
Membership Secretary: Helen Rorrison, Tel. 0131 557 5973


Visitors and members are welcome at the evening meetings in Drummond Community High School (Bellevue Place) detailed below. Refreshments from 7pm, speaker 7.30pm. Non-members, £2.00.

SESSION 2017–18

11 September, Barony Street's Discreet Church, Simon Green

9 October, Hopetoun House and its People, Peter Burman

13 November, Robert Burns and the Sugar Plantocracy of Ayrshire, Eric Graham

11 December, Christmas Soirée

8 January, Edinburgh Buildings and the University Coat of Arms, Peter Freshwater

5 February, 'Modern Athens' – Bo'ness Pottery and the Buildings of Edinburgh, Robert Jardine.

12 March, Unearthing the Secrets of Warriston Cemetery, Jeff Sanders

23 April, 'We are the Engineers!' Training Skills that Shaped Scottish Engineering, Margaret Bennett

14 May, The Scottish Parliament Since 1999, Malcolm Chisholm

11 June, AGM and Members' Night







All editions of the Broughton History Society's Newsletter, going back to 1997, can be found in the Edinburgh Room of the Central Public Library, George IV Bridge. Editions from Summer 2007 onwards are available online – click below:

Back issues of the Broughton History Society Newsletter