The History of Leith

February 28, 2011

Leith as described in 1885

LEITH, the sea-port of Edinburgh, lies between it and the Firth of Forth, but, though for Parliamentary purposes separate from it, it is to all intents an integral portion of the capital city. Of old the name was variously written, Leyt, Let, Invetleith, and the mouth of the Leith, and it is said to have been derived from the family of the first recorded
proprietor* or Superiors, the Leiths, who in the reign of Alexander III. owned Reslalrig and many extensive possessions in Midlothian, till the superiority passed by the marriage of the last of the l,eiths into the family of the Lagans, However, it seems much more probable that the family took their name from the river, which has its rise in the parish of Currie, at Kinleith, where three springs receive various additions in their progress, particularly at the village of Balerno, where they are joined by the Bavelaw Bum.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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