The History of Leith

March 14, 2011

The Foundation of South Leith Church

A chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patroness of the town and port, and situated in South Leith, preceded by more than a century the origin of the present edifice, and was enriched by many donations and annuities for the support within it of altars and chaplainries dedicated to St Peter, St. Barbara, St, Bartholomew, and others. The destruction of ecclesiastical records at the Reformation involves the date of the foundation of the present church in utter obscurity. It can only be surmised that it was erected towards the close of the fourteenth century ; but notwithstanding its large size— what remains now being merely a (mall portion of the original edifice — the name of its founder is utterly unknown.

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