The History of Leith

October 29, 2004

A Leithers story

“Yes, my dad and all his family have very strong links with Leith and in particular the docks. My dad (Archie) started his working life at a very early age in a blacksmiths shop and was living in the area known as the Citadel. (The old bridge as I remember from my childhood is still there and is the only evidence of its existence now that you can still see). It was close to the railway sidings and opposite the main hub of the docks. It was a relative of my dads who owned the little shop that stood in the childrens play area (swings – think!) of the Citadels square. His dad worked in the docks and drove one of those peculiar shaped articulated lorries which seemed to be everywhere when us kids were young.
My dad had four sisters who worked nearly all their lives either in or around the whisky bonds and married men who they encountered doing similar work in that area. Even to this day they still tell stories about their childhood and in particular the war years. After national service my dad and my uncles all became lorry drivers (the new rock and roll?) and did long distance driving for several firms in the area. My dad ended his driving career with Russell of Bathgate who had their depot at the big flour mill (Ranks?) in the docks. The old Leith that my dad lived and worked in and which many of our family have fond memories of is now barely recognizable and seems a life time away”

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