The History of Leith

March 2, 2011

The Bastions of Leith (Now removed)

Ramsay’s Fort, usually called the first bastion, adjoined the river in the line of Bernard’s Street with a curtain nearly 500 feet long, the second
bastion terminating the frontage described as to the Links. The present line of Leith Walk would seem to have entered the town by St. Anthony’s Fort, between the third and fourth bastion.
A gate in the walls is indicated by Maitland as being at the foot of the Bonnington Road, near the fifth bastion, from whence the works extended to the river, which was crossed by a wooden bridge near
the sixth bastion. Port St. Nicholas—so called from the then adjacent church—entered at the seventh bastion, which was flanked far out at a very acute angle, evidently to enclose the church and burying-ground ; and from thence the fortifications, with a sea front of 1,100 feet, extended to the eighth bastion, which adjoined the Sand Port, near where the Custom House stands now. The two bastions at the harbour mouth would r»o doubt be built wholly of stone, and heavily armed with guns to defend the entrance.

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