The History of Leith

May 26, 2004

The Robert Burns Monument

At the age of twenty seven in 1786 the already acclaimed poet Robert Burns made the two day trek from his native Ayrshire on a borrowed pony to Edinburgh and entered the city by the West Port and shared a room with a friend in the Lawnmarket.

The main purposed of the visit was that Burns wanted to discuss with William Creech the bookseller and publisher the publication of a new edition of his poems. How apart from business he was patron of John Davies Tavern in Liberton Wynd drinking the ale brewed by Archibald Younger of Leith. He sailed in one of the mechanically powered pleasure craft designed by artist and engineer Alexander Nasmyth in conjunction with Patrick Melly the engineer.Burns strolled along the East Pier which by the 18th century had become a fashionable promenade for the leisured classes. All the wits and literati of society are said to have paraded there-Burns, Scott, Carlyle among them.

To commemorate the life and works of Scotland’s greatest poet and indeed his walks in Leith-The Leith Burn’s Appreciation Society erected this statute a bronze likeness on a red pedestal designed by D.W.Stevenson in 1898. The plinth is embellished with several bronze reliefs on which are inscribed lines of burns’ poetry. The statute can been seen at the foot of Constitution Street and Bernard Street Leith

From “Leith Lives”

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