I'm actually not sure! I've managed to dig up quite a lot of history about
these buildings, and it does make an interesting read, though no where does
it state why they're called 'colonies'. I believe there's something similar
in Dublin? The majority of the colony developments in edinburgh were done by
the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company, which was basically a
conglomerate of lower middle tradesmen (stonemason's etc) that got together
to build decent houses for themselves and their families, with their own
If I find some links I'll post 'em, as their history is interesting reading
(but probably moreso if you're living in them!).
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