The History of Leith

August 13, 2012

THE Calton Hill

THE Calton Hill, till the erection of the Regent
Bridge, was isolated from the line of Princes
Street, and rises to the altitude of 355 feet above
the level of the sea, presenting an abrupt and
rocky face to the south-west, and descending in
other directions by rapid but not untraversable
declivities. ” Calton, or Caldoun, is admitted to
bo a hill covered with bushes,” according to
Dalrymple’s ” Annals” ; but with reference to the
forest of Drumsheugh, by which it was oncesurrounded,
it is more likely to be Choille-dun.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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