The History of Leith

January 11, 2012

A dangerous fire

In 1771 a dangerous fire occurred in the Lawnmarket, near the head of the old Bank Close. It was first discovered by the flames bursting through the roof of a tall tenement known as Buchanan’s.
It baffled the efforts of three fire-engines and a number of workmen, and some soldiers of the 22nd regiment. It lasted a whole night, and created the greatest consternation and some loss of life. ” The new church and weigh-house were opened during the fire,” says the Scots Magazine of 1771, “for the reception of the goods and furniture belonging to the sufferers and the inhabitants of the adjacent buildings, which were kept under guard.” Damage to the extent of several thousand pounds was done, and among those who suffered appear the names of General Lockhart of Carnwath; Islay Campbell, advocate; John Bell, W.S. ; and Hume of Ninewells; thus giving a sample of those who still abode in the Lawnmarket-

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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