The History of Leith

December 21, 2008

Monuments from St James’s Leith




Several whaling ships belonged to the brothers Wood, Peter and Christopher, who carried on a blubber-smelting business in the Timber Bush. The smell was naturally strong and rather offensive; and with the wind in certain directions while the process of smelting was going on the people of Leith would remark to each other that Peter Wood’s scent bottle was at work that day!

(c) John Arthur

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