The History of Leith

November 3, 2006

A view of Holyrood House in the 17th century

The first mention of Leith in the historic record is in the foundation charter of Holyrood Abbey granted by David I in 1128.

Below is a view of the Abbey and Palace in the 17th century by Gordon of Rothiemay.


A Plan of Holyrood Abbey later to become the Chapel Royal


The Abbey Port from a drawing by J.Brown 1768 now demolished


The Interior of Holyrood Abbey in 1687. The following year it was sacked by the Edinburgh mob.


Holyrood Palace showing the Regeant Moray’s House, The Royal Gardens and a ancient sundial.(from a drawing by Blair first published in 1826)

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