The History of Leith

July 19, 2006

Some Selected Comments

Name: Nick Wood | E-mail: nicholaswood@freeuk.com | IP: 195.92.194.16

It is probable that Sir Andrew Wood died in 1515. Confusion has arisen with his son and successor being of the same name.

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Name: adam c. white | E-mail: loboblanco80@yahoo.com | IP: 69.220.162.169

interesting history of a direct descendant

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Name: Jimmy Brown | E-mail: clark20@blueyonder.co.uk | IP: 82.41.196.246

I was the foreman welder employed in Henry Robb’s shipyard and retired in 1983. I strated my appreticeship there in 1936 and remained there throughout the war years and up until my retirement.

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Name: Zoe Carrick | E-mail: zoecarr@dsl.pipex.com | IP: 81.86.93.190

Interested to see the name Rev Francis Muir. I’m researching my ancestors in Leith and note that my Great Grandmother Margaret Haig born April 1838 was baptised by Rev Francis Muir May 1838.

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Name: John Arthur | E-mail: arthuc01@hotmail.com | IP: 62.31.98.9

Name: Brian Stark | E-mail: brian@stark69.fsnet.co.uk | IP: 84.64.32.81

This brought back many happy memories of the stories my mum used to tell me. Thanks

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Name: George T Smith | E-mail: Morsegts@shaw.ca | IP: 70.66.31.2

I think I worked in a vault in Leith when I was a new Excise Officer in the mid fifties. I can testify to the stable(about 50F) temperature in the vaults when it was freezing outdoors. Popular tale was that there was a closed off tunnel from the vaults leading towards Holyrood. There was certainly a closed arch at the end of one vault which may have given rise to this tale. I can not recollect the exact location however.

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Name: Barrie Fraser | E-mail: gbfraser@mailexcite.com | IP: 66.82.9.29

Trying to contact descendants of George Robert Ainslie, numismatist in the 1830’s. Also Governor of Cape Breton Island.

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Name: Anonymous | IP: 81.152.58.114

Ref Mr Wilson’s article 15/10/04

Was ‘tickled’ to read this as my dad too was born and bred in Leith and after his apprenticeship (under the watchful eyes of his uncles) as a stable boy with Wordies’ horses, then a ‘tracer’ to push the horses’ carts up the braes of Edinburgh, he TOO became a rock ‘n roll lorry driver. However he met a good woman (my mother) and moved to Aberdeen where he continued his career as a 32- ton articluated lorry driver with Freightliner until he retired. His proudest achievement is that of his safe driving awards as he NEVER had an accident or insurance claim in his career. (Funny, thought that I would have been his proudest achievement but there you go!). I’ll bet both these old swingers could share a lifetime of tales!!!

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Name: Lana Robson | E-mail: magicknot@hotmail.com | IP: 195.92.67.74

My friend and I are Soul Rescuers, therefore I found the stories most interesting. Sould you need any spirits
put to rest give us a call.

Kind Regards
Lana mobile number; 07984531473

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Name: vicki cooper | E-mail: vicki56@iinet.net.au | IP: 203.59.87.254

Tracing ancestor Robert Cooper born Leith 1844, son of James Cooper who was a Porter. Robert born 1844 immigrated to NZ in 1875 with wife Sarah Nocke.

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Name: Keith Young | E-mail: Ckeithcoop@aol.com | IP: 195.93.34.7

My mum and dad stayed at Newhaven where my two big sisters were brought up with my big brother we moved out of newhaven in about 1967 i think i was just born then we moved to west granton terrace nice to read back about the good old days.

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Name: Norma Brodie (nee Power) | E-mail: andnor@xtra.co.nz | IP: 219.88.60.238

Really enjoyed browsing through the site, having lived in Leith twenty three years, then Edinburgh. We emigrated 1969 to Auckland, N.Z., but still have strong connections with our birth place!.
Another worth-while Leith site to browse is www.oldleither.com We had the webmaster and partner stay with us last year on their round the world trip.

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Name: John Arthur | E-mail: arthuc01@hotmail.com | IP: 62.31.108.189

Dear Mr Salt

Cox and Danks used a real mixed bag of vessels in and around Scapa but for the towage to Rosyth in 1937, of the 25,000 tons ex-German battleship Friedrich der Grosse, they contracted tugs from Holland, in charge of the hull were the Dutch vessels, Zwart-zee, Witte-zee, and Indus. The salvors docked the Friedrich der Grosse at Rosyth on August 7. From Middlesborough the tugs Kings Cross and Queens Cross, were used to tow part of the floating dock to the Forth – I know, because I was on one of the Leith tugs assisting, as a school boy passenger: Had not heard of of Hearty being used although I have one other avenue of approach, will let you know if anything turns up.

Particulars of Hearty – which of course you may know – are:-

Built at Dundee by Thompson 1885, 1300 gross tons, originally laid down as tug Indira, purchased on the stocks by Admiralty. Served on Nore Command 1914 to 1918. Sold out of service November 1920 to M. S. Hilton, no further information, by 1920 being 35 years old, rather large for local (Scapa) towage work, quite possible bought for scrapping.
Regards…..WLH (Capt)

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Name: Richard Salt | E-mail: overgauge@onetel.com | IP: 213.78.74.80

Is it possible that one of the salvage vessels used by Cox and Danks ltd was the former twin screw Royal Navy Survey vessel HMS Hearty. I know she was sold out of service for salvage work (M S Hilton?)in 1920. 212ft x 30ft.

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