In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lasswade like this:
Lasswade, small town and par. with ry. sta., Edinburghshire - par. (containing Loanhead and parts of Bonnyrigg and Peniculk), 10,678 ac., pop. 8872; town, on river North Esk, 6 miles SE. of Edinburgh by road and 9¾ miles by rail, pop. 1232; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; the town is connected by a stone bridge with Westmill, a suburb in Cockpen par. Lasswade is picturesquely situated, and is one of the summer resorts of the people of Edinburgh. It has paper mills, flour mills, and a carpet factory. ...
In front of the parish church is a Runic cross to Dr Smith, of Lasswade, and his son, Colonel Smith, the chief engineer officer at the siege of Delhi. In the ruins of the old parish church, adjacent, are the burying-places of the Melville family and of the Drummonds of Hawthornden. Sir Walter Scott lived at Lasswade Cottage from 1798 to 1804. De Quincey resided many years in the neighbourhood.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Lasswade has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Midlothian. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lasswade and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lasswade in Midlothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th March 2014
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