The History of Leith

August 13, 2012

The oldest views we possess of Calton Hill

In the oldest views we possess of Calton Hill, the hill is
always represented bare, and denuded of all trees
and bushes, and one lofty knoll on the south, was
long known as the Miller’s Knowe. In some of
the earlier notices of this hill, it is called the
Dow Craig. The Gaelic Dhu, or Black Craig, is
very appropriate for this lofty mass of trap rock,
and it is rendered by Gordon of B othiemay in his
view, in 1647, by its Latin equivalent, Nigelli Rupes.
” In a title-deed of the eighteenth century,” says
Wilson, ” the tenement of land in Calton, called
the Sclate Land, is described as bounded on the
east by McNeill’s Craigs, possibly a travesty of
Gordon’s Nigelli Rupes.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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