The History of Leith

January 14, 2009

Somerset Place,Leith

(c) John Arthur

Formerly Livingston Place renamed with effect from 4.5.66 because of duplication. In 1560 at the time of Elizabeth I of England 3,000 French troops landed at Leith to help the Scots. The English troops after camping on the Hawkhill and fighting skirmishes from there decided to set up two large mounds on Leith Links and erect guns on them to bombard Leith. One mound was called Mount Pelham, the other Mount Somerset named after the respective captains of artillery, Pelham and Somerset.

source-Edinburgh Street Derivations

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