The History of Leith

July 9, 2004

Did you know…..?

Did you know that Storrie’s Alley which ran of the Old Kirkgate was named after James Storie who was a Brewer in Leith during the great Plague of Leith in 1645 and one of his large Cooper kettles was used to boil clothes on Leith Links? He is mentioned in the South leith Records of the 23rd November 1645.

Also that the area between what was called Bowling Green Street and the Water of Leith was called the Tools or Twills. According to the minute mentioned above a Couldron was set up for washing of clothes to be further disinfected.

Bowling Green street was so called because the French soldiers stationed in Leith played Bowls there.

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