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Duncan McLaren Locksmiths

The Oldest Locksmiths in Scotland


Our History

Established in 1851 on the historic Bread Street in Edinburgh, Duncan McLaren is the oldest locksmiths business in Scotland. Duncan McLaren Locksmiths was a family run business for 160 years until recently. We have some of the best locksmiths in the business. Our team have a combined experience of nearly 90 years and are happy to help with any enquiry.


We can cut a range of keys from yale to mortice. We can usually have your keys cut the same day while you wait, depending on availability.

  • Key Cutting
  • Key Repair
  • Antique Key Repair

We can also repair damaged keys with our recutting service or cut a new replacement key. We also can repair Antique keys from the Victoria era.



We can fit a new secure lock to your property or business.

  • Lock Fitting
  • Lock Repair
  • Antique Lock Repair
  • Emergency Lock Opening

We can also repair damaged locks and repair them to full working order. We can also repair Antique locks from the Victorian era.


We can supply and install a new safe for you in Edinburgh. We can even provide a bespoke safe for a custom build solution.

  • Safes for sale and installation
  • Bespoke Safes available
  • Opening / Overhauling Safes

We can also provide a safe opening / overhauling service to key a locked or damaged safe open again.

Find Us

29/31 Bread Street,


Service: 24/7
Shop: 9am – 5:00pm M-F

Our Mission

As licensed locksmith professionals, we know the value of speed and security

Established in 1851 possibly as an ironmongers first the business adapted into a locksmith over the years. McLarens was a family run business and throughout the 160 years the first name changed depending on the ancestor who owned it right up until it’s name today of Duncan McLarens.


“We had some very ancient locked cabinets where keys had been lost over time by previous employee’s who had subsequent retired. As a new employee I was tasked with arranging access to these cabinets without any form of destruction.

Having found McLaren’s the problem was solved within a day by providing suitable replacement keys. I found the staff most helpful and friendly even although the job was not much in terms of total cost. 

All in all if you require a professional locksmith to have a job done, do not miss these guy’s who are as helpful today as my first encounter 30 plus years ago.”

Mr A. Houstin


“The locks on the front door of our New Town flat were not working properly; the door had warped and the locks were sticking. Duncan McLaren did an excellent job for us, overhauling the locks, replacing worn parts and realigning the units where necessary. 

It’s a joy to have the locks working smoothly again. Many thanks, Duncan McLaren Locksmiths!”



“I called McLaren’s out to fit a lock on a door in my flat. Cannot praise them highly enough.They arrived 15 minutes early and had the lock fitted in under 10 minutes and supplied two keys. Moreover, their price was cheaper than all the other Locksmiths, even the ones on Gumtree. 

My grandfather would have been proud of me – we lived just around the corner from McLaren’s and our family always used them for keys ever since the 1940’s!”

Alan Hunter



29/31 Bread Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9AL

Call Us

0131 229 7802