Edinburgh (HM Prison)Edit

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HMP Edinburgh
Location Stenhouse, Edinburgh 33 Stenhouse Road, EH11 3LN
Status Operational
Opened 1920
Managed by Scottish Prison Service
Governor Nigel Ironside

Edinburgh Prison is located in the West Side of Edinburgh on the main A71, in an area known as Stenhouse, and although never been named such is frequently known colloquially as Saughton. The prison is situated in a predominantly residential area and has good transport and road links to the city centre, which provides good access both for local courts and visitors to the prison. The building of the prison started on 31st of July 1914 with the first prisoner being received in 1919. [1]

Edinburgh receives prisoners from the courts in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. The prison holds adult male and under-21 prisoners who are on remand and also convicted prisoners serving under four years. Long-term prisoners and Young Offenders when sentenced are held at Edinburgh awaiting transfer to their prison of allocation. Edinburgh also provides a national facility for prisoners at the pre-release stage of their sentence. [2]

[edit]Notable InmatesEdit

Peter Tobin- Murderer of Angelika Kluk and Vicky Hamilton, he was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in Prison and at the age of 72, he is unlikely ever to be released.

Kenny Richey- Served 21 years on death row, and spent 6 months at HMP Edinburgh before being found not guilty of Serious Assault to permanent disfigurement and was released on the 8th of March 2009

Jamie Bain- Known as the "baby faced" killer, who killed boxer Alex Mckinnon in a pub in Edinburgh with a shotgun, he received a life sentence with a minimum term of 25 years in 2007.


  1. ^ "HMP Edinburgh". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  2. ^ "HMP Edinburgh". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 2008-07-20.