Descriptive gazetteer entries

In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Calton Hill like this:

Calton Hill, in city of Edinburgh, alt. 355 ft.; with its public buildings and monuments, it forms one of the most striking features of Edinburgh, and commands an extensive and varied view.

This is the only descriptive gazetter entry we have found, but you may be able to find further references to Calton Hill by doing a full-text search here.


Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Calton Hill within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
Thomas Pennant July 17-23: The Borders and Edinburgh 2

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Broughton 0 1
Canongate 0 2
Edinburgh 196 2
Abbey 0 3
Holyrood 0 1
Salisbury Crags 0 1
Abbeyhill 0 2
Bonnington 0 2
Arthurs Seat 0 2
Jocks Lodge 0 2
Leith 0 2
Duddingston 0 3
Restalrig 0 2
Newhaven 0 2
Tynecastle 0 2
Granton 0 2
Gorgie 0 2
Craigmillar 0 2
Portobello 0 2
Blackhall 0 2