History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2007

Mary, Queen of Scots

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


Mary I (popularly known as Mary, Queen of Scots: French: Marie, reine des Écossais); (December 8, 1542 – February 8, 1587) was Queen of Scots (the monarch of the Kingdom of Scotland) from December 14, 1542, to July 24, 1567. She was also the Queen Consort of France (Reine de France) from July 10, 1559 to December 5, 1560.

Because of her tragic life, she is one of the best-known Scottish monarchs. for more click here

James IV

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


As the son of King James III and Margaret of Denmark, James IV was probably born in Stirling Castle. When his father was killed at the Battle of Sauchieburn on June 11, 1488 (or possibly assassinated a few hours later) the fifteen-year-old James took the throne and was crowned at Scone on June 24. The rebels who had gathered at Sauchieburn had done so with James supposedly as their figurehead. When James realised the indirect role which he had played in the death of his father, he decided to do penance for his sin. From that date on, he wore a heavy iron chain cilice around his waist, next to the skin, each Lent as penance. for more click here

James V (April 10, 1512 – December 14, 1542)

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


James V (April 10, 1512 – December 14, 1542) was King of Scots (September 9, 1513 – December 14, 1542).

The son of King James IV of Scotland, he was born on April 10, 11 or 15, 1512, at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, and was still an infant when his father was killed at the Battle of Flodden Field on September 9, 1513. for more click here

Dig puts new part of Leith past in place

Friday, June 15th, 2007

REMAINS found on a Leith street have suggested parts of the area once lay on the edge a medieval town.

Archaeologists have been working on the Henderson Street site before it is developed as an affordable housing block. for more click here

Museum’s new exhibit focuses on shore whaling stations

Friday, June 15th, 2007


Today, the Whaling Museum will open its first new exhibit of the year. Titled “Industry and Nature Collide: Photographs of Modern Shore Whaling Stations,” the exhibit will present the impact of industrialized whaling outposts on the landscapes of South Georgia Island and Hawke Harbour, Labrador. for more click here

Revise Immigrants and Exiles

Friday, June 15th, 2007


Harry Lauder (left) and Charlie Chaplin (right). Two of the highest paid entertainers in the world in the early 20th century. Chaplin was a movie star but Lauder was a star of the music hall. He toured the USA, Canada, Australia in his trade mark highland dress and crooked cane. for more click here

Petition by John Arthur to the Scottish Parliament

Friday, June 15th, 2007

(PRLog.Org) – Petition by John Arthur calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to support the creation of local museums such as the proposed Leith Museum.

For the first time a petition for the establishment of a Leith Museum is to be presented to the Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament. For this to be a success as many people as possible must sign the petition and there is only twenty days to go. Should this fail then it may be another sixty years before another attempt is made.

Leith deserves a museum which will appeal to both young and old, strengthen community links at a time of rapid social change, and will highlight Leith’s important role in the history of Scotland as a whole

Further a Leith Museum wouldn’t only focus of the History of Leith a small place in Edinburgh, but what people seem to fail to recognise, is the central role that Leith has played in the history of Scotland. Most of the Kings and Queens of Scotland from the time of David I came to Leith including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, the Reformation of the Church of Scotland started and was completed in Leith, The Knights of St John built one of the largest monasteries in Scotland in Leith, the whole idea of the United Kingdom has its origins in Leith, Not to mention the poets, writers, painters, doctors, social reformers, soldiers, engineers, seamen, and real pirates connected to Leith that gave the world great literature like “Kidnapped” and “Treasure Island” by Robert L. Stevenson. That is not to mention the Ship builders and inventers and the list of the contributions of Leith to world culture and heritage is endless. The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic was built in Leith like the first ship to pass through the Suez Canal and this is only scratching the surface of Leith History… So to suggest that Leith hasn’t a history is showing a very great ignorance and stupidity but is also insulting to the people of Leith

However in my opinion this must be done not only for the well being of Leith, or the development of Leith, not only for business reasons which are good enough reasons in themselves but for the future generations of Leithers that will come after us, for our children and our children’s, children. Are we really going to allow the History and culture of Leith to be left ignored and discarded as if it was nothing because if we do that this generation and this council will stand rightly condemned at the bar of history.
So if you can, where ever you are, please sign the petition at-


This really is our last chance to do anything about this. Please help by signing the petition.

Scottish Pirates

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Spùinneadair-mara (spoo-nuder mara) in Gaelic means plunderer, spoiler, or robber on the sea. Or more specifically, pirate. All that is known about some Scottish sea raiders are their names, like Alan of the Straws, and some tidbit of fact or legend, such as he lived in Torloisk on the Isle of Mull. The earliest pirates, of whom some record exists, were Vikings. In 617 pirates–perhaps Vikings, perhaps a band of female warriors from Loch nam Ban Móra–attacked a monastery on Eigg. Saint Donan, the founder of the island monastery, celebrated mass with fifty-two monks. At his request, the pirates permitted him to finish the mass before they beheaded Saint Donan and the others. for more click here

Sandport Bridge

Thursday, June 14th, 2007


Perhaps one of the reasons for this was the enduring stories about the Barton Family. One of the Barton’s ships was attacked by Portuguese pirates and the King granted them Letters of Marque (or reprisal) – basically a written order of revenge, giving them the right to capture the ships they thought were responsible. for more click here

A Hundred Years to Come

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

for more click here

Some Text