The History of Leith

July 17, 2012


Standing solitary and alone, westward of Restalrig
Church, towers the tall villa of Marionville,
which, though now rather gloomy in aspect, was
prior to 1790 the scene often of the gayest private
theatricals perhaps in Britain, and before its then
possessor won himself the unenviable name of ” the
Fortunate Duellist,” and became an outcast and
one of the most miserable of men. The house is
enclosed by shrubbery of no great extent, and by
high walls. ” Whether it be,” says Chambers,
” that the place has become dismal in consequence
of the rise of a noxious fen in its neighbourhood,
or that the tale connected with it acts upon the
imagination, I cannot decide; but unquestionably
there is about the house an air of depression and
melancholy such as could scarcely fail to strike the
most unobservant passenger.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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