The History of Leith

March 26, 2011

The Burgess Close-c1870

The Burgess Close is the earliest thoroughfare in the seaport of which we have an authentic account, as towards th« close of the fourteenth century it was granted, in a charter already quoted, by Logan of Restalrig, the baronial over-lord of Leith, before it attained the dignity of a burgh, to the burgesses of Edinburgh (hence its name); and at the time of its formation the whole imports and exports of the Leith shipping must have been conveyed to and fro on pack-horses or in wheelbarrows, as no larger means of conveyance could pass through the Burgess Close

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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