The History of Leith

March 30, 2011

The Kings Wark

“The remains of this building,” says Arnot, writing in 1779 with a garden and piece of waste Und that surrounded it, was erected into a free barony by James VI., and bestowed upon Bernard Lindsay of Lochill, Groom of the Chamber (or Chamber Cheld), as he was called) to that prince.
This Lindsay repaired or rebuilt the King’s Wark, and there is special mention of his having put its ancient tower in full repair. He alxi built there a new tennis-court, which is mentioned with singular marks of approbation in the royal charter ‘ as being built for the recreation of His Majesty, and of foreigners of rank resorting to the kingdom, to whom it afforded great satisfaction and delight; and as advancing the politeness and contributing to the ornament of the country, to which, by its happy situation on the Shore of Leilh, where there was so great a concourse of strangers and foreigners,
it was peculiarly adapted.'”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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