The History of Leith

June 22, 2008

CONSTITUTION (orginally Road) Street-Leith

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Built before 1822, o.&n.e. iii. 243. Constitution Road in Robertson’s map of Leith Fortifications, 1850, Irons 1297. Constitution Hill, p.w. I 780/81- 110. C. Lane, Kirkwood, also Court. Proposed new street, nameless, on west side of’ Leith Links, m.t.c. 29/1/1806. Constitution Hill seems to have derived its name from the excitement for the preservation of the “British Constitution” when the Movement for Catholic emancipation stirred up the Gordon Riots. See Barnaby Rudge, 1778, j.r.s.l. 158.

From “Edinburgh Street Derivations”

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