The History of Leith

October 11, 2012

The King’s High Street

On this upward-sloping thoroughfare first rose
the rude huts of the Caledonians, by the side of
the wooded way that led to the Dun upon the rock
—when Pagan rites were celebrated at sunrise on
the bare scalp of Arthur’s Seat—and destined
to become in future years “the King’s High
Street,” as it was exclusively named in writs and
charters, in so far as it extended from the Nether
Bow to the edifice named Creech’s Land, at the
east end of the Luckenbooths. ” Here,” says a
writer, ” was the battle-ground of Scotland for
centuries, whereon private and party feuds, the
jealousies of nobles and burghers, and not a few of
the contests between the Crown and the people,
were settled at the sword.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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