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The Cowgate is a low-lying strip South of Edinburgh Old Town and running parallel with the Royal Mile. The Cowgate is often considered to be part of Southside.

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The Cowgate’s name is recorded from 1428, in various spellings, as Cowgate and in 1498 as Via Vaccarum. It is derived from the medieval practice of herding cattle down the street on market days; a number of other streets in the old town of Edinburgh (such as Grassmarket and Lawnmarket) also reflect their market roots. …

The Cowgate is a low-lying strip South of Edinburgh Old Town and running parallel with the Royal Mile. The Cowgate is often considered to be part of Southside.