The History of Leith

October 25, 2007

The St Clairs

Though a little beyond our radius, while treating of this district it is impossible not to glance at such classic and historic places as Hawthornden and Roslin, and equally of such sylvan beauty as Iasswade. Situated- amid the most beautifully wooded scenery in the Lowlands, the Castle of Roslin, taking its name from Russ, a promontory, and Zyn, a waterfall, crowns a lofty mass of insulated rock overhanging the Esk. This mass is bold ?nd rugged in outline, and at one time was convertible into an island, ere the deep and moat-like gulley on its western side was partly filled up. Across this once open fosse a massive bridge of one arch has now been thrown, and to this the path from the village descends a rapid incline, through leafy coppice and by precipitous rocks, overlooked by the lofty hill which is crowned by the wonderful chapel. Built of reddish stone, and luxuriantly clothed with ivy, the massive ruins form a most picturesque object amid the superb landscape. For the most part, all that is very ancient consists of a threefold tier of massive vaults, the enormous strength and solidity of which put even modern Scottish builders to shame. Above these vaults, and facing the vast windows of what must have been a noble banqueting- hall, is perched a mansion of comparatively modern date, having been erected in 1563. for more click here

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