The History of Leith

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May 25th, 2015

1000 pay tribute at Quintinshill rail crash memorial

ABOUT 1,000 people, including descendants of those who died, attended a service to commemorate Britain’s worst rail disaster. Read more...

May 7th, 2015

Pirate Capt Kidd’s ‘treasure’ found in Madagascar

Archaeologists in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd. Read more...

April 28th, 2015

Participation In Gretna Centenary Commemorations 21-23 May 2015

The Royal Scots Regimental Family Participation in Gretna Centenary Commemorations 21-23 May 2015. Read more...

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March 30th, 2015

Leith Museum could open this year

Plans to open a Leith Museum in Customs House took a step forwards this week after the council announced a deal with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.(SHBT) Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Trial and Sentence’

An Account of the Trial and Sentences of Thomas Hay. for stabbing William. Moffat, in Leith, on the 18th of July last, and before his sentence is carried into execution he is to be lashed through the town of Leith on Wednesday 18th February 1824. Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Murder’

An account of the shocking case of Mrs Anderson St Giles Street, Leith, found strangled to death in her house, on Monday morning last, with the apprehension of one of her neighbours, accused of having committed the diabolical murder. Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Horrid Depravity!’

A melancholy Account of the Death of two Children, who were poisoned by a Man who went about selling Candy, at Portobello, near Edinburgh, on Tuesday last, in whose Possession was found valuable Articles, which he obtained from the Children in exchange for his Candy. Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside ballad concerning the execution of Captain Thomas Green for piracy and murder

Last farewell to the OCEAN and all the World, who was Execute with two more of his Crew at Leith within the Flood-Mark II April 1705, for Piracie and Murder. Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Mutiny & murder aboard the transport Hope’

An ACCOUNT of the Dreadful MUTINY that toon place on hoard the Conviek Transport Hope having on board 291 Female convicts many of whom belonged to Edinburgh, Leith Glasgow. &c, &c, &c when most Shocking to relete. IT seanmen,and 39 convets were.killed and wounded during the fight, as detail d in a Letter from JAMES […] Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Sale of a Wife’

This report begins: ‘A full and particular Account of the Sale of a Woman, named Mary Mackintosh, which took place on Wednesday Evening, the 16th of July, 1828, in the Grass Market of Edinburgh, accused by her Husband of being a notorious Drunkard; with the Particulars of the bloody Battle which took place afterwards.’ It […] Read more...
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