The History of Leith

June 19, 2012

Borne anciently the name of St. Leonard’s (Now Removed)

about the foot of St.Andrew’s Street (Now Giles 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.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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