The History of Leith

October 18, 2011

The curious device of a rainbow

Wilson thus refers to the relic of the Wark already mentioned (below) :—” A large stone panel, which bore the date 1650—the year immediately succeeding the appropriation of the King’s Wark to
civic purposes—appeared in the north gable of the old weigh-house, which till recently occupied its site, with the curious device of a rainbow carved in bold relief springing at either end from a bank
of clouds.”
” So,” says Arnot, ” this fabric, which was reared for the sports and recreations of a Court, was speedily to be the scene of the ignoble labours of carmen and porters, engaged in the drudgery of
weighing hemp and of iron.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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