The History of Leith

September 6, 2004

Edinburgh Monumental Inscriptions

The Scottish Genealogical Society have brought out two very useful booklets the first one being the “Duddingston Monumental Inscriptions” which includes the Duddingston “Poll Tax” records for 1694-1699.

Plan of Duddingston Churchyard

Plan of North Leith (or Coburg St) Churchyard

The next one which has just been issued is the “Leith Monumental Inscriptions” for both North and South Leith Churchyards. Both books being published by the “Scottish Genealogical Society” and both books being edited and compiled by D. Richard Torrance

Plan of South Leith Churchyard

The stones of North Leith (or Coburg Street) churchyard were recorded by John Fowler Mitchell CIE in the early 1950’s since then nearly a third of the Churchyard has been lost through vandalism and the Water of Leith.

The stones of South Leith were first transcribe in 1960 by Sidney Cramer

All enquiries about the availability and price of the two above books should be made to-The Scottish Genealogical Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL or by email at

Duddingston Kirk

For enquiries about unmarked graves at any of these graveyards should be made to the Scottish Archives pre 1859 and for post 1859 to the City of Edinburgh Council at Mortonhall Crematorium.

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