A local community association


The Archive Room

The Archive Room is situated on the top floor of the Dower House. The room contains a wealth of photographs, slides, documents and maps covering life in the village of Corstorphine over many years.

The Archive RoomVisitors or contacts with a Corstorphine connection looking into their family history can also find the Old Parish Records and the 1841 to 1901 census documents useful.

The Archive Room also benefits from the work of a local Historian, the late Miss A S Cowper, who bequeathed her life long research into the history of the village and its surrounding area to the Trust.



All material held in the archive at The Heritage Centre:

Old Parish Records of:

Births 1634 – 1854
Marriages 1665 – 1854
Deaths 1710 – 1854
Census Records 1841 – 1901
Kirk Session Records January 1646 – January 1914
Corstorphine Education Minutes 1873 – 1893
Old Parish Church Yard Monumental Inscriptions
Corstorphine Friendly Society Banner and Minute Books
Post Cards
Valuation Rolls 1867 – 1868, 1911 – 1912, 1963, 1972 – 1973
Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories
Family Histories
Newspaper Cuttings
Fues & Deeds
United Free Church Communion Roll 1904
Corstorphine Female School 1830

For further information please contact our Archivist.
The Museum
On the same floor as the archive room is the museum. It charts the history of the village and surrounding areas and the social history of the inhabitants who, for hundreds of years, have worked and lived in the community.
It contains maps and artifacts covering the history and development of the church, education, transport, farming and the influence of the Forrester family within the area.


Museum Corstorphine Museum Museum Exhibit




There is also an exhibit on the famous Corstorphine Sycamore Tree (Acer pseudoplatanus corstorphinensis) and the murder of Lord Forrester which happened beneath its boughs …

There are also items relating to the village life during both World Wars and on individuals who left the village and had an influence on the outside world.