The History of Leith

May 15, 2008

Templar shipping

The fortified entrance to the Templars’ harbour at La Rochelle, France

The only website I have found mentioning documentary evidence of the ships at La Rochelle states that: ”Much of the surviving evidence for Templar shipping comes from the relevant port records or royal records giving permission for the export of produce. At La Rochelle on the west coast of France during the twelfth century the Templars were given several vinyards and produced wine for their own consumption and for export; although the cartulary of their house is lost, the records of the port of La Rochelle show that the Templars were exporting wine by ship.”The entire article is here and the info you want is under the heading – The Templar Fleet:


(Editors note-During the Middle ages Leith carried out an active trade with France, especially with the towns of Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Rouen and Dieppe. Exporting cured fish,hides, horses and wool and importing cloth,silks,dried fruit and wine. Leith being next to London the largest importer of Wine in the country.)

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