Although Ratho has a church dating from Norman times, the village really began to prosper in the early nineteenth century when the Union Canal was cut through it. This placed it on what was then a high-speed passenger route between Scotland's two biggest cities, and also provided a catalyst for industrial development in the area. With an excellent transport link in place, the output of Ratho's quarries could be shipped to valuable markets in Edinburgh, while cheap coal and other heavy goods could be imported into the village in what was a win-win situation. Later on, intercity rail links and the modern-day motorway network continued to enhance Ratho's location in the countryside, but with excellent access to the cities. The collection of pictures in this book provides a revealing historical insight into not only Ratho but the other settlements that lie nearby, all of which are now desirable dormitory villages.