The History of Leith

May 15, 2012

St. Leonard’s (as described in 1883, Now removed)

This part of the town—about the foot of St.
Andrew’s Street—is said to have borne anciently
the name of St. Leonard’s. There the street
diverges into two alleys : one narrow and gloomy,
which bears the imposing title of Parliament Court;
and the other called Sheephead Wynd, in which
there remains a very ancient edifice, the ground
floor of which is formed of arches constructed like
those of the old house described in the Kirkgate,
and bearing the date 1579, with the initials D. W.,
M. W. Though small and greatly dilapidated, it
is ornamented with string-courses and mouldings;
and it was not without some traces of old importance
and grandeur amid its decay and degradation,
until it was entirely altered in 1859.
This house is said to have received the local
name of the Gun Stone, from the circumstance of
a. stone cannon ball of considerable size having
been fired into it during some invasion by an
English ship of war. Local tradition avers that
for many years this bullet formed an ornament on
the summit of the square projecting staircase of
the house.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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