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 Chambers, 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 2018–19

10 September, Wojak, the Bear who Went to War, Aileen Orr

8 October, Broughton through the Ages, Sandra Purves and Richard Love

5 November, The Edinburgh of Miss Jean Brodie, Gail Wylie

3 December, Christmas Soirée

14 January, The Enemy Within: Recovering Italian Scottish Experience during the Second World War, Wendy Ugolini

4 February, Capital Brewing, John Martin

4 March, An Introduction to Scottish Pottery, Robin Jones

1 April, The Radical War of 1820 and the Use of Police Spies, David Smale

13 May, Ballads, Songs and Snatches: Exploring the World of Gilbert and Sullivan, Alan Borthwick

10 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