The History of Leith

July 11, 2011

Robert Ballantyne and North Leith

Robert Ballantyne, Abbot of Holyrood, towards the close of the fifteenth century, built a handsome bridge of three stone arches over the Water of Leith, to connect the southern with the northern quarter of the rising seaport, and soon after its completion he erected and endowed near its northern end a chapel, dedicated to the honour of God, the Virgin Mary, and St. Ninian, the apostle of Galloway. Having considerable possessions in Leith, the abbot appointed two chaplains to officiate in this chapel, who were to receive all the profits accruing from a house which he had built at the southern end of this bridge, with £4 yearly out of other tenements he possessed in South Leith.

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