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West Calder

"A town and a parish in the extreme west of Edinburghshire. The town stands, at 550 feet above sea level, on the right bank of the West Calder Burn and has a station on the Edinburgh and Glasgow direct section of the Caledonian, 5 7/8 west-southwest of Mid Calder Junction, 16 west-southwest of Edinburgh and 31ΒΌ west of Glasgow. Since 1861 it has undergone great and rapid extension, chiefly in connection with neighbouring mineral works."

(Extract from Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland 1885)



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the West Calder area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

The parish church has records for births dating from 1645, for marriages from 1677 and for deaths from 1677. These are held in the General Register Office for Scotland in Edinburgh and copies on microfilm may be consulted in the Midlothian Studies Centre in Loanhead and also in LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Description and Travel

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The transcription of the section for West Calder from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Page Created by Margaret A. Mitchell

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which West Calder has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT010630 (Lat/Lon: 55.850049, -3.582863), West Calder which are provided by:
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