The History of Leith

October 22, 2011

LEITH, the sea-port of Edinburgh

LEITH, the sea-port of Edinburgh, lies between it and the Firth of Forth, but, though for Parliamentary purposes separate from it,to all intents an integral portion of the capital city. Of old the name was variously written, Leyt, Let, Inverleith, and the mouth of the Leith, and it is said to have been derived from the family of the first recorded proprietors or superiors, the Leiths, who in the reign of Alexander III. owned Restalrig and many extensive possessions in Midlothian, till the superiority passed by the marriage of the last of the Leiths into the family of the Logans. However, it seems much more probable that the family took their name from the river, which has its rise in the parish of Currie, at Kinleith, where three springs receive various additions in their progress, particularly at the village of Balerno, where they are joined by the Bavelaw Burn.

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