The History of Leith

October 3, 2011

West Seys

Ships voyaging to Prance, unless they formed a considerable fleet, usually went North-about—that is, they steered north instead of south on leaving the Forth, and sailed through the Pentland Firth and down the west coast. Ships from France often came no farther than Ayr, a frequent landing-place of French ambassadors. Ayr was then the chief port on the ” West Seys,” as the waters washing our southern and western shores were then called. From Ayr the cargoes were sent overland to Stirling, whence they were sent down the Forth to Leith. Most of the wine taken aboard the fleet of James IV. before it sailed for France during the Flodden campaign was brought from the “West Seys” by this route.

source-The Story of Leith

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