History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2003

The story of David Lindsay continues

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

Part 2 South Leith Records 1925. A record of a Commemoration Lecture given by Rev. William Swan The story of Esme Stewart. (more…)

David Lindsay Minister of South Leith 1560-1613, Bishop of Ross 1600-1613

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

South Leith Records 1925. A record of a Commemoration Lecture given by Rev. William Swan (more…)

Roman Leith

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

I recently got a phone call from my good friend George Scammel who has made many of the ship models which are now in the Ocean Terminal and was interested in Roman Leith as he was interested in building a model of a Roman Galley for the Ocean Terminal and required some information. As I didn’t have the information to hand I had to do some research on this.
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The Killing Times Revisted

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

This was the period when episcopacy was re-established in Scotland after the Cromwellian period and the restoration of the Monarchy all legal rights for Presbyterianism being removed. The records of Sir John Foulis of Ravelston give us a brief grimpse into life during theis turbulant time. (more…)

Presbyterianism Triumphant

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

With the exile of James II and the succession of William and Mary (William was William of Orange,son of William II, prince of Orange and Mary, daughter of Charles I. William in 1677 married his cousin Mary daughter of James II) the Episcopalian Clergy were removed from the Leith Churches and Episcopacy came to an end in Scotland and the Church of Scotland was established as it now exists today (more…)

The Port of Leith

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

A brief history of the Port of Leith itself, looking at how Leith developed into the commercial center it is, and how various industries impacted on the development of the port. (more…)

The Home of Golf

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The first rules of golf in the world formulated not at St Andrews but on the Links of Leith. Not only this but the first Golf House in the World was on the site of what is now Queen Margaret University College in Duke St (the old Leith Academy building). Furthermore it was from Leith that St Andrews got the Rules of Golf. So in fact the true home of golf is not St Andrews but Leith! (more…)

Personal Memories of Leith in the 20th Century

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

You may not consider yourself important enough to be remembered but you are because what we do affects what other people do and in turn affects and creates what sort of society we live in (more…)

Morton & Witchcraft

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

After the brutal and bloody civil war between Leith and Edinburgh…revenge was wanted…whose blood would appease the Nobles? (more…)

The pestilence continues…

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The plague of Leith started in April 1645 with a brief mention in the records of the Kirk Records of South Leith Parish Church. All it says is Desyn Jon Kellas to furnish James Thomsone and Jon Dinlop till this day 8 dayes being inclosit for fear of ye plague” it also mentions Desyrs Jon Aldinstone to furnish (ie give provisions to) ye women at ye Yarde heads who is steeket up for feare of ye plague”. This is the 3rd April 1645 and by the time the plague ended in November 1645 2736 people would have died an agonising death. (more…)

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