The History of Leith

Archive for 2006

The Darien Scheme

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Some have said: ‘The Darien venture was the most ambitious colonial scheme attempted in the 17th century…The Scots were the first to realise the strategic importance of the area…” Whilst others claimed: “They were plain daft to try…. It was disaster. They never had a chance.” T’is for you to decide! for more click here

Scotland’s History and Sources

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

This page links you to sites that provide information on the history of Scotland. Some of these sites have only snippets of history, some give you broad surveys, and some have extensive and in-depth historical information. for more click here

The Rise of Edinburgh & Leith

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

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

Union of the Parliaments 1707

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

The reasons for the Union of the Parliaments (which was vastly unpopular with the ordinary Scottish people even though most of them at that time did not have the vote) were complex and varied. They can be summarised as follows: for more click here

Scotlands History

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

In 1695 Scotland’s economy was shattered by an unsuccessful attempt to colonize the Darien Peninsula, between North and South America. The failure of this Darien Scheme was partly due to fever and inhospitable Spaniards, and partly because England lost its nerve and withdrew promises of financial backing. Scotland, literally bankrupt, was forced to accept the Treaty of Union, in 1707, uniting the parliaments of England and Scotland. This carefully worded document brought advantage to both countries: in particular, it gave Scotland a badly needed boost to her economy and the right to Presbyterianism, and removed the threat of further war between the two countries. for more click here

Clean-up will see the bronze Bard lose his Hibernian hue

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

FOR years, it has been a distinctive green beacon – and something of a Hibee icon – standing in the heart of Leith.

But now the corroded bronze statue of Scots poet Robert Burns is to lose its Hibernian-tinted sheen when council workers give it a long-awaited clean-up. for more click here

Divisions rage despite the Union

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

So just how should we commemorate the Act of Union – whose tricentenary falls next year? for more click here

Was Macbeth As Bad As Shakespeare Portrayed Him?

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Absolutely not! In fact, we implore you to forget everything ole William told you about the guy. The real Macbeth was a political genius who united the disparate Scottish lords and set Scotland on the path to nationhood. He was also beloved by the common people for his charity and piety and the fact that, unlike his predecessors, he preferred to rule in peace rather than involve them in disastrous wars abroad. for more click here

Castle marks troops’ reburial

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

A LOW-KEY military ceremony has been staged at Edinburgh Castle to commemorate the reburial of 17th century soldiers who died in the last great siege there. for more click here

A Happy,Merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006


A Happy,Merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year to all my Readers. All the best for 2007

The Editor

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