The History of Leith

July 31, 2012

Jock’s Lodge

Jock’s Lodge, long a wayside hamlet, on the
lonely path that led to the Figgate Muir, is said to
have derived its name from an eccentric mendicant
known as Jock, who built unto himself a hut
there; and historically the name appears first in
1650, during the repulse of Cromwell’s attack upon
Edinburgh. “The enemy,” says Nicol, “placed
their whole horse^n and about Restalrig, the foot
at that place callit Jokis Ledge, and the cannon
at the foot of Salisbury Hill, within the park
dyke, and played with their cannon against
the Scottish leaguer lying in St. Leonard’s Craigs.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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