The History of Leith

November 11, 2004

Robert Burns Statue; Bernard Street / Constitution Street, Leith

Pedestrian bronze statue, red sandstone plinth on polished granite base, four bronze plaques on each face of plinth. (Two added in 1901)

Erected by Leith Burns Club in 1898, unveiled on October 15th by Mr. RC Munro Ferguson, MP. At the ceremony it was offered to the Lord Provost of Leith who accepted it on behalf of the burgh. The sculptor was D.W. Stevenson RSA, and was cast at the foundry of J.W. Singer and Sons.

Bronze plaques : South “The priest like father reads the sacred page. From scenes like those old Scotia’s grandeur springs, that makes her loved at home, revered abroad”. East “When Vulcan gies his bellows breath an’ plowmen gather wi’ their graith”. West “In order on the clean hearth staine, the luggies three are ranged,” and “Hallowe’een”. North “I there wi’ something did foregather that pat me in an eerie swither”. Incised in stone (S) “BURNS 1759-1796″,”Erected under the auspices of Leith Burns Club, 1898.”; (E) D.W. Stevenson RSA Sc”; (W) Presented by William Tulloch”; (N) ” Presented by Robert Meikle”n 1961 it was moved 18 feet to the west of its’ original site to assist the flow of traffic.

Information and artefacts on the life of Burns can be found at The Writers’ Museum, Lady Stair’s Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PA (0131 529 4901) see also SCRAN Treasures of The Writers’ Museum.


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