The History of Leith

January 4, 2012

The Gordon House and Sir David Baird

This house is mentioned in the ” Diurnal of Occurrents” as being, in 1570, the residence of Patrick Edgar; and after it passed from the Gordons it was possessed by the family of Newbyth, who resided in it for several generations, and therein, on the 6th December, 1757, was born the gallant Sir David Baird, Bart., the hero of Seringapatam and conqueror of Tippoo Saib ; and therein he was educated and brought up. Returning years after, he visited the place of his birth, which had long since passed into other hands.
Chambers relates that the individual then occupying the house received the veteran hero with great respect, and, after showing him through it, ushered him into the little garden behind, where some boys were engaged in mischievously throwing cabbage stalks at the chimneys of the Grassmarket.

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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