The History of Leith

March 28, 2011

The Coat of Arms of Mary of Guise

On Mary of Guise and Lorraine choosing Leith as an occasional residence, she is stated by Maitland to have erected a dwelling-house in the Rotten Row, near the corner of the present Quality Street, and that the royal arms of Scotland, which were in front thereof, were, when it was taken down, rebuilt into the wall of a mansion opposite, ” and the said Mary, for the convenience of holding councils, erected a spacious and handsome edifice for her privy council to meet in.”

(note-Maitland was wrong in this as Mary of Guise never had a residence in Leith. The Coat of arms mentioned can be seen at South Leith Church. The Coat of Arms were actually above the St Anthony port)

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