The History of Leith

September 26, 2011

Chance finds

The many chance finds of Roman relics that have been made within the bounds of Edinburgh and Leith have led to the belief that a Roman post midway between Inveresk and Cramond must have existed somewhere in our neighbourhood. The discovery of Roman bricks from time to time in the foundations of St. Margaret’s Chapel in Edinburgh Castle has led some to think that a Roman station once existed there. Roman coins have been found at several points, including the Fishwives’ Causeway and Leith Walk, and a rich find of
Samian ware—the best china of the Romans—was uncovered in digging the foundations of the Regent Arch in the landward part of our parish. Such discoveries do not necessarily indicate a Roman settlement, for such chance finds occur in all parts of Scotland, and even in countries the Romans never knew.

source-The Story of Leith

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