The History of Leith

May 4, 2004

The Taverns of Leith

It is strange to think that leith today has many fine restaurants and many people think this is a new inovation but that isn’t the case.

In the 18th century leith was famous for its Taverns and there good cheer by the Edinburgh Lawyers who always came to Leith on a Saturday. The host of “The Ship” is mentioned by Robert Fergusson in his poem “Good Eating”. The Ship sign can still be seen on the Shore and the Tavern lintel stone however the building itself is now dwelling houses. Inside these Taverns had great staircases and walls of enormous thickness, large cosy rooms, panelled with moulded wainscot, and quaint stone fire places. That id they could speak might tell of the perils of the sea or of the shores of France, Denmark or Holland and of the days Leith ships went to Tangiers and the drinking of vast amounts of wine on which there was no duty charged.

The more things change the more they stay the same is a truism and it is true for Leith

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