"A village and a parish in the south of Edinburghshire. The village, sometimes called Primrose, stands 3 furlongs from the south Esk's left bank, 2 miles West South West of Gorebridge station, 3 miles South East of Hawthornden and 5¼ miles south by west of Dalkeith.

The parish is bounded North by Cockpen, East by Borthwick, South East by Temple, South by Penicuik and South West, West and North West by Lasswade."

(Extract from Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland 1885)



Monumental inscriptions for Carrington can be found at the Local Studies Centre in Loanhead.


Church Records

The parish church has records for birth dating from 1706, for marriages from 1700 and for deaths from 1784. 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 & Travel

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


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Carrington 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 NT300597 (Lat/Lon: 55.825469, -3.119115), Carrington which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Following the Poor Law Act of 1843, the parish joined the Dalkeith Combination to provide poor relief in the Dalkeith Poorhouse.



1801 409
1831 561
1861 681
1871 712
1881 606
1891 563


For a social and economic record of the parishes of Mid Lothian together with considerable statistical material, see Sir John Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland, which was compiled in the 1790s. Follow-up works to this were the New Statistical Account (also known as the Second Statistical Account) which was prepared in the 1830s and 1840s; and more recently the Third Statistical Account which has been prepared since the Second World War.

Thanks to a joint venture between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh the First and Second Statistical Accounts can now be accessed on-line at The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1799 and 1845.