In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Burdiehouse like this:
Burdiehouse, a hamlet and a burn of Edinburghshire. The hamlet, in the SE of Liberton parish, lies on the burn 4½ miles S by E of Edinburgh, and 1½ NW of Loanhead; is supposed to have been originally called Bourdeaux-House, from its being the residence of some of Queen Mary's French attendants in 1561; and is celebrated for its limekilns, which manufacture about 15,000 bolls of lime a year. A vast deposit of limestone here contains fossils which have been largely discussed by eminent geologists. - The burn, rising on the northern shoulder of the Pentland Hills, within Colinton parish, runs 3½ miles eastward to Burdiehouse hamlet, and thence 5 miles north-eastward through Liberton parish, and on the boundary with Newton and Inveresk parishes, to the Firth of Forth between Joppa and Fisherrow.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Burdiehouse, in Edinburgh and Midlothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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