The History of Leith

June 3, 2006

Melrose Abbey and Leith

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Melrose Abbey 1866

Up to 1296 all the wool from the Abbey’s of Melrose and Kelso were exported ro the Low Countries through Berwick. However in 1296 this trade ended with the destruction of Berwick by Edward I. The trade was then transfered from Berwick to Leith. In fact Melrose Abbey owned property in Leith and it hs been recently discovered that Kelso Abbey owned half of Arthur Seat in Edinburgh.

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