The History of Leith

December 27, 2006

The Rise of Edinburgh & Leith

The benefits of Scotland’s European lifeline were felt mainly along the East Coast of the country. 600 years ago, Leith (Edinburgh’s port on the Firth of Forth) was Europe’s gateway to Scotland. Edinburgh had become Scotland’s Renaissance capital on the back of European trade across the North Sea in the 15th century. As trade expanded, so did Edinburgh. By the mid-16th century it was a busy town composed of two-storey houses in the lee of its formidable castle. By the mid-17th century, it had expanded into a bustling city (the second largest in Britain), crammed with lawyers, merchants and goldsmiths, as well as all the problems that are attendant with urban life. for more click here

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