The History of Leith

October 17, 2012

The figure of an escalop- :shell cut in stone above the door.”

In ” Keith’s Catalogue” we are told that near the
head of Bell’s Wynd (on the eastern side) there
-were a hospital and chapel known by the name
•of the ” Maison Dieu.” “We know not,” says
Arnot, ” at what time or by whom it was founded;
but at the Reformation it shared the common
•fate of Popish establishments in this country. It
was converted into private property. This building
is still (1779) entire, and goes by the name of the
Clam-shell Turnpike, from the figure of an escalop-
:shell cut in stone above the door.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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