History of Leith, Edinburgh

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September 21st, 2014

South Leith Open days-All welcome

Edinburgh Doors Open Day – On Saturday, 27th and Sunday 28th September a number of buildings will be open to the public throughout the City of Edinburgh including our very own South Leith Parish Church. The Church will be taking part in Doors Open Day on Saturday 27th from 12 noon to 4 pm and […] Read more...

July 30th, 2014

Are these YOUR ancestors? Faces of medieval Scots digitally reconstructed after their skulls were unearthed in a cemetery

They died of infectious diseases and childbirth in medieval Edinburgh, some 600 years ago. But now some of the skeletons of almost 400 men, women and children, whose remains were unearthed in a cemetery five years ago, have been brought back to life thanks to digital faces created by forensic artists. Read more...

May 15th, 2014

Broadside entitled ‘An Account of the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Helen M’Dougal’

Wife of the Miscreant BURKE, who was Strangled to Death by a number of Women at Deanstone Mills about a mile from Doun near Perth. Read more...

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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...

April 25th, 2014

Historic Views

A photo-blog of Historic places in Scotland. Read more...
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