The History of Leith

October 10, 2012

Northumberland Street

IN the narrow and somewhat sombre thoroughfare
named Northumberland Street have dwelt some
people who were of note in their time.
In i8ro Lady Emily Dundas, and Admiral Sir
William George Fairfax, resided in,.Nos. 46 and
53 respectively. The admiral had distinguished
himself at the battle of Camperdown as flag-captain
of the Venerable, under Admiral Duncan; and in
consideration of his acknowledged bravery and
merit on that occasion—being sent home with the
admiral’s despatches—he was made knight-banneret,
with an augmentation to his coat-of-arms in
chief, a representation of H.M.S. Venerable engaging
the Dutch admiral’s ship Vryheid; and to
do justice to the memory of ” departed worth,” at
his death his son was made a baronet of Great
Britain in r836. He had a daughter named Mary,
who became the wife of Samuel Greig, captain and
commissioner in the imperial Russian navy.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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