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Meadhan Lodainn
Midlothian in Scotland.svg
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Admin HQ Dalkeith
 • Body Midlothian Council
 • Control TBA (council NOC) (SNP + ind)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 137 sq mi (354 km2)
Area rank Ranked 21st
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 83,000
 • Rank Ranked 27th
 • Density 590/sq mi (229/km2)
ONS code 00QW
ISO 3166 code GB-MLN
Website http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/

Midlothian (/mɪdˈlðiən/; Scots: Midlowden , Scottish Gaelic: Meadhan Lodainn) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders council areas.

Midlothian also gives its name to a lieutenancy area and a registration county[1] for which purposes Edinburgh is included. The county was formerly known as Edinburghshire.

Midlothian Council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with the boundaries of the Midlothian district of the Lothian region. The district had been created in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and it consisted of the local government county of Midlothian, minus the burgh of Musselburgh with the areas of Inveresk, Wallyford and Whitecraig being lost to East Lothian, the Calders (East Calder, Midcalder and West Calder) and the Midlothian part of Livingston to West Lothian, the electoral division of Heriot and Stow to the Ettrick and Lauderdale district of Borders Region, and Currie, Balerno, Ratho and Newbridge to Edinburgh.


Midlothian or Edinburghshire Civil Parish map c.1854. Boundaries outlined in red

There is a Midlothian constituency of the House of Commons. There was a Midlothian constituency of the Scottish Parliament up to the 2011 elections when it was divided between Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Places of interest

Towns and villages

Notable people associated with Midlothian

Schools in Midlothian

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Special schools

Twin towns and sister cities

Midlothian is twinned with Komárom-Esztergom in Hungary and Kreis Heinsberg in Germany. It is a sister city with Midlothian, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[2]

Famous battle

The Battle of Roslin was a battle of the First War of Scottish Independence, taking place on 24 February 1303 at Roslin, Midlothian. A Scottish army led by Simon Fraser and John Comyn defeated the English. The English force was raised in Northumberland and was tasked with intervening in support of the occupation forces of Edward I. The much smaller Scottish force rode through the night from Biggar, intercepted them and defeated them in two, possibly three, sharp fights. The site of the battle has been said to be the field opposite the old and new burial grounds. Members of the Comyn, Fraser and possibly Sinclair families fought at the Battle of Roslin.


  1. "Land Mass Coverage Report" (PDF). Registers of Scotland. Retrieved 2015-05-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.illinoissistercities.org/?page_id=2650

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