The History of Leith

Archive for 2007

Johnstons’ plan of Edinburgh, Leith, Portobello and environs

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Johnston, William, 1802-1888
Johnston, Alexander Keith, 1804-1871
Title: Johnstons’ plan of Edinburgh, Leith, Portobello and environs, constructed from the latest surveys with additions by the local surveyors of these towns.
Imprint: Edinburgh : W. & A. K. Johnston, 1888.

Joyeux Noël

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007


Imagine picking up the morning paper and reading this headline: “U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Lay Down Weapons in Day-Long Ceasefire.” You learn that this truce was not ordered from on high, but initiated by the soldiers themselves, who actually put down their guns and approached each other with gestures of peace. They put their mistrust aside and shared coffee, chocolates, and cigarettes, looked at family photos, and even played soccer, right there on the desert sand. for more click here

Christmas truce

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

The “Christmas truce” is a term used to describe several brief unofficial cessations of hostilities that occurred between German and British or French troops in World War I, particularly that with British troops stationed on the Western Front of World War I during Christmas 1914. In 1915 there was a similar Christmas truce between German and French troops, and during Easter 1916 a truce also existed on the Eastern Front. for more click here

Of Christmas past

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

AS YOU try to keep your head above the jingling, glittering, till-ringing tide that overwhelms us at Christmas, remember that it was not always thus – particularly in Scotland, when the day wasn’t even a public holiday until the late 1950s. I can remember, during the 1960s, helping clear snow off the petrol pumps on my father’s garage forecourt, which would be open for the morning at least – they may have been white Christmases then, but for many of us they were also working Christmases. for more click here

Geometrical and Geological landscape from Leith to Edinburgh.

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Moffat, William, fl. 1828-1837
Title: To the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, this geometrical and geological landscape… from … Leith to … Edinburgh.
Imprint: Edinburgh : A. & C. Black and London : J. Menzies & J. Gardner, [1837].

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Confessions, Lamentations, & Reflections of William Burke

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007



The Burke and Hare trials

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


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Time called at last on Leith Walk’s clock

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

THE 111-year-old clock at the top of Leith Walk has finally been moved.

The clock and cast iron support – which has sat at the top of Leith Walk at the roundabout with London Road since 1959 – was meant to make way for the city’s new £498 million tram line last month. for more click here

Rowling in tears on return to Harry’s lowly birthplace

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

J K ROWLING has made an emotional return to the cramped Edinburgh flat where she wrote the first book in the Harry Potter series.

The author, who has notched up almost 400m book sales, broke down in tears as she recalled the hardship she endured while living there as a single mother with her baby daughter Jessica. for more click here

Queen launches YouTube channel

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

The Queen has launched her own channel on the video-sharing website YouTube.
The Royal Channel will feature her Christmas Day message as well as recent and historical footage of the monarch and other members of the Royal Family. for more click here

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