An affluent residential district of west-central Edinburgh, Merchiston lies to the west of Bruntsfield, between Morningside and Dalry. Merchiston Castle has associations with the Napier family and is now a campus of Napier University. Many of the large Victorian villas have been divided into flats, although one belonging to authoress J.K. Rowling sold for £2.5 million in 2012. Residential infill development in the later 20th C. has detracted from the character of the area.

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