The History of Leith

December 8, 2004

‘Bringing the Page to Life: Papermaking on the Water of Leith’

Up until the mid twentieth century the Water of Leith was an important industrial centre for Edinburgh, particularly in paper-making.

At the height of industrial production there were 76 mills at work along this 23 mile stretch of river; many of those mills were papermills undertaking a range of production activities. On the Water of Leith between Balerno and Colinton each village had its own papermill: Balerno was home to John Galloway and Sons which specialised in producing imitation art papers; in Currie Henry Bruce and Sons mill produced featherweight laid and wove book paper; in Juniper Green the Woodhall Paper Company produced board, for the whisky industry among others; and in Colinton Andrew Scott and Co manufactured Browns, which were papers that were mainly used in wrappings.

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